Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Curry at the Bubble; Shoppers Get Chance to Taste Fundraising Dish

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Curry at the Bubble; Shoppers Get Chance to Taste Fundraising Dish

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Byline: Tom Mullen

SHOPPERS in Newcastle will today have their first chance to try a new curry invented to raise money for a sick children's charity.

Samples of the Newcastle Curry will be handed out in the city's Northumberland Street and Fenwick Food Hall, as a week of fundraising in aid of the Bubble Foundation UK is launched.

Indian dancers and musicians will also be taking to the streets for the start of Curry for a Cause, which, it is hoped, will raise thousands of pounds to fund the lifesaving work of the Newcastle-based Bubble Foundation UK, which works to save the lives of babies and children born without an immune system.

The unique Newcastle Curry invented by chefs at the upmarket Raval restaurant in Gateshead, is central to the week of festivities, which also includes a series of Indian banquets and other food events with all profits going to the Bubble Foundation UK.

In an amazing act of generosity, scores of the area's top restaurants and delicatessens have agreed to put the Newcastle Curry on their own menus between June 6-12.

Newcastle City Council will also be serving the dish in its staff canteen at the Civic Centre.

Made using prime Northumbrian lamb, new season asparagus, carrots sauteed in mustard seeds and potatoes cooked with freshly prepared garam masala, the curry is a million miles away from traditional British Indian restaurant fare.

Now Avi Malik of Raval, who is the brains behind Curry for a Cause, hopes Tynesiders will take the new dish to their heart.

He believes that by inviting food lovers to eat their way around India, they will find it easier to dig deep for the Bubble, which is based at Newcastle General Hospital's Bone Marrow Transplant Unit.

It is here that youngsters born with no immune system are kept in sterile conditions until undergoing a full bone marrow transplant. In the last five years alone, survival rates have risen from 50% to over 85%, but more money is needed to fund the pioneering paediatric work.

Having visited the so-called Bubble Ward and been moved by the experience, Mr Malik decided a festival where people could eat the finest Indian food would be an enjoyable way to raise money. …

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