Heavenly sum raised in devil's kitchen

03 October 2016
The devilish hands of a dirty dozen cooks rustled up dinner for 200 – and more than £100,000 for Demelza.

On one of the hottest days of the year, brothers Mel and Andrew Streek from Marden and 10 of their mates took over the kitchens of the Goudhurst Inn to create a Chinese feast fit for an Emperor.

Mel and Andrew are long-term supporters of Demelza and wanted to do something extra-special to raise funds for the cause.

Under the guidance of Alex Tang, from the Honeymoon Chinese Restaurant in Tenterden, they came up with a mouthwatering menu – and an auction backed by some of the biggest business names around.

The Streek brothers, directors of Claygate Distribution in Pattenden Lane, Marden, were supported by celebrity journalist and TV quizmaster Ian Hislop, TV presenter and antiques expert Raj Bisram, West Indies cricket legend Gordon Greenidge and local auctioneer Clive Emson.

Demelza’s Major Donor Manager Sarah Kemsley said: “We are so proud of everyone who helped make this such a successful event.

“We have a lot of people to thank, particularly Richard Balfour-Lynn of Hush Heath Winery and the nearby Goudhurst Inn, for donating the venue and wine, Four J’s for the wonderful Marquee and Nortrade and Handcross Butchers, who donated the majority of the food.”

All the printing and marketing supplies were donated by local companies and the auction and raffle prizes were donated by businesses and acquaintances.

Sarah said: “Clive Emson, Ian Hislop and Raj Bisram were just brilliant and all the volunteers were wonderful, not forgetting the generous individuals who purchased tickets and bid for various lots.”

The evening raised £101,000 for Demelza to support the work the charity does with some 500 children with life-limiting illness in the South East and their families.