Restaurant owner puts on charity night to help earthquake survivors

Ram Krishna Bashyal, owner of Gurkha Oven Indian and Nepalese Restuarant in Spalding, with a collection bucket for the Nepal Earthquake Appeal.  Ram and business partner Deepak Chatri are hosting a charity three-course dinner at the restaurant in Sheep Market on Bank Holiday Monday between 6.30pm and 10.30pm.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Ram Krishna Bashyal, owner of Gurkha Oven Indian and Nepalese Restuarant in Spalding, with a collection bucket for the Nepal Earthquake Appeal. Ram and business partner Deepak Chatri are hosting a charity three-course dinner at the restaurant in Sheep Market on Bank Holiday Monday between 6.30pm and 10.30pm. Photo by Tim Wilson.

A Spalding restaurant owner is playing his part in the relief effort following the devastating earthquake in Nepal by hosting a bank holiday charity night.

Ram Krishna Bashyal, who runs the Gurhka Oven in Sheep Market, has been so moved by the scenes of death and destruction in the south Asian nation that he has organised a three-course meal for diners wishing to support the appeal on Monday from 6.30pm until 10.30pm.

So far, more than 5,000 people have died and another 10,000 people have been injured after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on Saturday morning.

Mr Bashyal said: “We’ve sent some £4,000 worth of funds, person-to-person, from the Nepalese community in Spalding and Peterborough.

“But we’re holding a charity event on Bank Holiday Monday when there will be a three-course meal for £20, with £13 going to the Nepal Earthquake Appeal.

“All the staff will be working for free and I also expect some volunteers to come and help us.”

Our sister newspaper, the Lincolnshire Free Press reported on Tuesday about Spalding-based LIVES First Responder Adam Turner who has joined a 16-strong team of fully trained rescue technicians from the charity Search And Rescue Assistance in Disasters (S.A.R.A.I.D) in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu.

Mr Bashyal said: “We have about six Nepalese families in Spalding but there about 40 to 50 in Peterborough.

“None of them have families have been directly affected by the earthquake, but they do know people whose homes were hit.

“If there are any businesses that wish to donate raffle tickets, gifts or cash during the charity night, or if their staff want to come and have a meal with us, all the money donated will make a big difference.

“But anyone who donates more than £5 will have their names recorded as a way of saying thank you from the Nepalese community.”