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My Delhi pledge ongoing support for charity partner CHUF

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The Delhi-inspired restaurants based in Sunderland and Newcastle have made Children's Heart Unit Fund (CHUF) their first-ever charity partner.

The Gateshead-based charity supports children and families who receive treatment at the based at the Freeman Hospital and the many other hospitals providing care for cardiac patients throughout the North of England.

Northeast street food sensations My Delhi are keen to back the local charity and have made a pledge to support them throughout the year. My Delhi owners, Shah Amin, Gaurav Dayal and Elahi Shah Amin, have set themselves a goal of raising £5,000 in 2023, which could help CHUF to provide 1000 meals to Heart Families staying on the unit whilst their Heart Hero receives treatment. In addition, My Delhi will also be hosting two Bollywood nights at their Sunderland branch and launching a newly rebranded spice kit - a tandoori/BBQ spice rub - with 50p from each purchase going to CHUF.

Recently crowned as the nation’s best street food restaurant of the year at the National Curry Awards and the North East’s best takeaway at the Just Eat Restaurant Awards, the team want to spread the joy and give back to the communities that helped the business grow. My Delhi has therefore chosen to support CHUF as their very first charity partner.

Elahi explains: “We have always tried to do the right thing in the best way that we can. During the pandemic, we took meals to some of the most vulnerable and isolated people in the city, but we always knew that we wanted to support a local charity that is doing important work in the region, so CHUF is the perfect match. For forty years, they’ve been there for families at the most difficult times, supporting a world-class heart unit that we’re lucky to have on our doorstep. My Delhi is proud to have CHUF as our chosen charity and wants to raise as much as we can to contribute!”

Alicia Clovis-Mothalib, CHUF’s Corporate and Trusts Fundraising Manager, talked about how the partnership came about: “It’s no secret that my family love Indian food, so when My Delhi first opened in Newcastle, we were excited. Not only was the food delicious, but there was such genuine warmth from the whole team on every single visit. This spelt disaster for many in the hospitality sector, but My Delhi adapted so well that they engaged their community on social media and demonstrated their love of family and desire to connect with their customers. I knew at that point this was exactly the sort of business that CHUF could work with. They wear their heart on their sleeve and evidently share our values around family and the joy of cherishing special moments together. When we eventually managed to sit down and talk about how a charity partnership could work, the ideas flowed really easily!”

Learn more about CHUF and My Delhi’s partnership here: