A charity curry night at the award-winning Usha Restaurant has raised £1,500 for Emmaus Burnley.

On Monday 23 April, more than 120 supporters attended Emmaus Burnley’s Charity Curry Evening at Usha Restaurant in Burnley. Diners enjoyed a variety of Indian dishes, a charity raffle and talks from members of the Emmaus Burnley community.

Peter Pike, supporter at Emmaus Burnley and organiser of the event, said: “It was another great night for Emmaus with a really great meal. The work of Emmaus is a very worthy cause to support as it gives people a home and a chance to rebuild their lives.

“We had a number of people attending for the first time and we have certainly picked up a few new Emmaus supporters and hopefully one or two new volunteers too!”

The Charity Curry Evening was also attended by six Emmaus Burnley companions – formerly homeless people who are now beneficiaries of the charity. Emmaus Burnley supports companions by providing them with a stable home and meaningful work for as long as they need it.

Andrew, companion at Emmaus Burnley, said: “I enjoyed meeting the people who support us. It was good to see how fundraising is organised externally from the community. It was also nice to be out socialising with some of the other Emmaus companions.”

Emmaus Burnley operates two social enterprises in Burnley and Accrington with all the money raised used to support the community of people who live and work at the charity.

Stephen Buchanan, Director at Emmaus Burnley, said: “The evening was a great opportunity to celebrate the work of Emmaus Burnley and encourage more people to support us as volunteers. I would like to thank all supporters who attended on the night and give special thanks to the people who organised the event – Peter Pike and the team at Usha Restaurant.”

To find out more or support Emmaus Burnley head to www.emmaus.org.uk/burnley. If you would like to get involved or donate an item, please call 01282 430 860 or visit the Emmaus Burnley Superstore at Ivy Street, Burnley, BB10 1TD.