‘These animals are so important for the people they help’ – Stevenage hosts annual curry night for Guide Dogs with tasty prizes on offer

Sean Dilley, with Sammy, Head Chef Abdul Kadir and Margaret Clarke with Marston at Spice Rouge

Sean Dilley, with Sammy, Head Chef Abdul Kadir and Margaret Clarke with Marston at Spice Rouge - Credit: Archant

An Indian restaurant in Stevenage Old Town is gearing up to host an annual charity fundraiser with some tasty prizes up for grabs.

The event, which will raise money for Guide Dogs and has been organised by the charity’s Stevenage and district fundraising group for the fourth year running, will see around 90 people gather at Spice Rouge from 7.30pm on March 1.

As well as a welcome drink and three-course meal, up for grabs in the auction is a Stevenage FC shirt signed by the players, a clay shooting experience for two at the Lea Valley Shooting Association in Hertford and a paintballing voucher for 10 people. Other auction lots and raffle prizes worth hundreds of pounds will also be on the table.

The night will take a magical twist with magician and illusionist Adrian Ward donating his time for free to offer table entertainment.

Spice Rouge co-owner Oli Kahn says he hopes the night will encourage other businesses to comply with equal access laws.


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“I’ve heard of other restaurants not allowing guide dogs, but these animals are so important for the people they help in their daily lives which is why I want to show our support,” said the celebrity chef.

Sean Dilley, the Stevenage and district fundraising group chairman for Guide Dogs, added: “I’m so proud to be involved in this event. It’s organised by fellow volunteers in Stevenage, and it’s a testament to how our community unites to help many guide dog owners like me – here in Stevenage and across the country.”

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Tickets for the night cost £22. To book your place, email sean.dilley@guidedogs.org.uk or call 07977 411797. Local businesses are also urged to get in touch if they are interested in sponsoring the event.

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