ITV newsreader Mary Nightingale hosted the annual Aagrah charity dinner which raised an amazing £70,000 for Mosaic in Bradford on Monday 15th October.
Aagrah is the UK’s largest chain of Kashmiri restaurants, with a 30-year history of raising money for charitable causes. We were delighted to be selected as their cause for yesterday’s fundraising and networking dinner.
Mary Nightingale said: “It has been an amazing charity dinner and has raised a staggering amount of money. The money raised will go a long way to supporting more and more young people to gain mentoring support from Mosaic and allowing them to achieve their dreams.”
The charity dinner was given a boost with a letter of support from Mosaic’s president HRH The Prince of Wales to the evening’s attendees. HRH thanked the supporters saying: “Your generosity will make an enormous difference to the confidence, self-esteem and long-term employability of countless young people throughout the country.”
Audio: Shabnam Mahmood, Senior Broadcast Journalist, BBC Asian Network
400 people attended the event, including a host of influential businessmen and women as well as keynote speaker Richard Flint, the CEO of Yorkshire Water. Other companies who attended the dinner included DLA Piper, Morrisons, Cobra and Ernst & Young.
Mosaic National Director Jonathan Freeman addressed the dinner, thanking those who donated to the organisation. He said afterwards: “The event has been fantastic. Not only has it raised money to support many more young people to gain mentoring support to improve their lives but we have encouraged more business people to become mentors for Mosaic and make a difference to a young person’s life.”
Mohammed Aslam, managing director of Aagrah, said: “The theme of this year’s annual charity dinner is the city of headquarters as we have so many influential businesses headquarters in Bradford. We were pleased to make Mosaic our chosen charity this year as we have seen the significant and important service they give to supporting young people from disadvantaged communities.”
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