Big Curry raises hundreds of pounds for soldiers

Finchale Group CEO Lt Col Mel Pears and Staff present Cheque to Lt Col Barney Barnbrook Regional Director ABF The Soldiers' Charity

Today we were delighted to welcome Lieutenant Colonel Barney Barnbrook, Regional Director North East of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity to Finchale Group, presenting him with a cheque for £543.00 following our recent Big Curry fundraising event.

Thanks to a tasty turnout for our annual Big Curry event, which was held earlier this month, we successfully raised hundreds of pounds to support soldiers, veterans and their families.

The lunch, hosted by the team here at Finchale Group was served by 101st (Northumbrian) Regiment Royal Artillery from a military style field kitchen.

This was the last community event to be held at our Pity Me site before we relocate to purpose-built premises in Belmont Business Park – Thank you to everyone who came along for what was a fantastic day!


Mel Pears MBE, Finchale Group’s CEO said: “ABF The Soldiers’ Charity has supported Finchale Group over the past 5 years to provide specialist tailored support to Army Veterans from the North East.”

“The Big Curry is a fun and tasty way for us to say “thank you” whilst supporting The Soldiers’ Charity’s work to provide funding and support to soldiers, veterans and their families. I’m extremely proud to be handing over this cheque.”

“We were delighted that 101st (Northumbrian) Regiment Royal Artillery agreed to support the event this year demonstrating the capability and professionalism of our British Army Reserves and the vital roles they play in both the community and wider defence.”

Cpl S Daley and SSgt D Chapple serving The Big Curry at Finchale Group

The Big Curry at Finchale Group

The inspiration for the Durham event and the UK wide campaign comes from the British Army’s long-standing tradition of a love of curry, which originates from its long service in India and elsewhere in the Asian sub-continent, particularly during the days of the British Raj under Queen Victoria.


As well as sitting down to freshly prepared Beef Curry, sweet and sour and Chicken Korma curries with all the trimmings, diners had the opportunity to enter a prize raffle with some fantastic prizes donated by local businesses.

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