Indian restaurant Rainham Sundar Rachana cooks over 1,000 curries for the NHS and charities including Gillingham Street Angels

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A curry house boss estimates his restaurant has cooked more than 1,000 meals for good causes in the past two years.

Sundar Rachana director Saif Islam has been helping his community since 2018 but says since the pandemic he has been giving back a lot more.

Saif Islam with the hundreds of meals donated. Photo: Saif Islam

He said: “I was always taught to watch out for my neighbors and my community. My parents always taught me and raised me like that to help others.

“I feel like I’m lucky to have the ability to do that. I try to do everything I can.

“The local community appreciates my help and it also makes me happy to do so.”

Last week, Saif hosted a fundraising event at the restaurant in Lower Rainham Road, Rainham, for the winners of Pride in Medway Gillingham Street Angels.

The evening raised £1,800 through a raffle, auction and two-thirds of the cost of each meal was donated. The curry house also cooked 300 dinners for the charity which helps the homeless and others in need.

Left to right: Saif Islam and Neil Charlick, patron of the Gillingham Street Angels, at the fundraiser.  Photo: Saif Islam
Left to right: Saif Islam and Neil Charlick, patron of the Gillingham Street Angels, at the fundraiser. Photo: Saif Islam

Angels boss Neil Charlick said Saif had been a great help to the charity and they could call him and ask for meals when they needed them.

He added: “We cannot function without companies and people like Saif. We have been very lucky at Medway to have a good network of volunteers.

“We’re grateful all the time. It’s people like them that make this possible.”

Neil said that with the rising cost of living, the charity is seeing people in need asking for quick and easy ready meals instead of other foods because they are more affordable to cook.

Therefore, food donations like those provided by Saif are important.

Left to right: Saif Islam and a Gillingham Street Angels volunteer with a meal van provided by the restaurant.  Photo: Saif Islam
Left to right: Saif Islam and a Gillingham Street Angels volunteer with a meal van provided by the restaurant. Photo: Saif Islam

Saif has been helping his community for four years by donating food to individuals and organizations.

The father has cooked curries and rice for Medway Hospital, organized fundraisers for the homeless and ambulance services, and helps Street Angels with cooked meals every few months.

Although he couldn’t give an exact figure, he estimates he’s had more than 1,000 meals for good causes and hopes his nine-year-old son Aiden will follow his example.

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