Restaurant backs cadets’ Peru bid

FUNDRAISING CHALLENGE Cadets Theo Clough, left, Tom Lawless, Bailey Collington, Sam Hartley and Sam Eggert.
FUNDRAISING CHALLENGE Cadets Theo Clough, left, Tom Lawless, Bailey Collington, Sam Hartley and Sam Eggert.

Two Batley Grammar School pupils who are heading to Peru next year have been helped on their way by an Indian restaurant.

Prashad Indian vegetarian restaurant in Drighlington hosted a charity event, attended by 40 people, raising £500 towards the boys’ target.

The parents of Sam Hartley and Theo Clough approached Bobby Patel, owner of Prashad, to ask if he would host the event.

He agreed to serve a four course meal at a discounted price per head and donate prizes for a raffle to help them raise the money needed.

A silent auction was also held for a place on one of Prashad’s courses at The Cooking School in Dean Clough Mills, Halifax.

Sam’s father Alistair, of Gomersal, said: “The boys have to raise a large sum of money to fund their trip and had made a great start doing several car boot sales, car washing, sweet stalls and a tombola at the Little Gomersal May Day Fair – but they had to keep coming up with new ideas.

“As a family we love Prashad and were thrilled they agreed to help. They were fantastic hosts making the evening a huge success.”

Bobby Patel, owner of Prashad, said: “After hearing about all the hard work the boys had already put in to fundraising for their trip – and what a fantastic cause it was – we were delighted to be asked to host the event.

“It’s really important to us to get involved in and give back to the local community, which is why we sponsor local sports teams and support local charities. We would love to host more fundraising events like this.”

Sam and Theo are among five pupils from the school – all members of the Combined Cadet Force – who will be making the trip to Peru next July.

They each have to raise £3,000 and while there, will take part in conservation work as help as taking an active part in the Sacred Valley Project helping to build and renovate schools and community centres.

Their expedition will also include the Salkantay Trek in the South American Andes.

The boys – who also include Tom Lawless, Bailey Collington and Sam Eggert – had to pass an interview for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and have until next summer to raise the money.

Anyone wanting to help towards their expedition can call Helen Hartley on 01274 875304