Nepal school cash appeal

Manager Andy Goh and staff from Zen Restaurant, St Annes and staff with the model of the school set for Nepal.

Manager Andy Goh and staff from Zen Restaurant, St Annes and staff with the model of the school set for Nepal.

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A ST Annes restaurant has added a new ingredient to its menu – an appeal to raise £5,000 to build a new school in Nepal named ‘Lytham St Annes’.

Management and staff at the Zen Restaurant in Wood Street heard about the work carried out by a charity to improve the lives of people in Nepal, which is also based in St Annes – and pledged to help out.

Hundreds of pounds have already been donated by customers – and the appeal will receive a massive boost this weekend when the restaurant dedicates its sell-out first anniversary celebration banquet to funding the school, which it is hoped will be built in Nepal next year.

The DCWC Nepal charity, based in Snowdon Road, specialises in building schools and hospitals in the Tibetan outpost.

It was founded by St Annes man Gary Collier 10 years ago and has since built 14 schools in Nepal. Patrons of the charity include singer Joe Longthorne and former Coronation Street actor Sean Wilson.

Trustee James Wilson said: “We are delighted with the wonderful help we are getting from everyone at the Zen Restaurant in raising the £5,000 we need to build a school.

“They heard what we are trying to achieve, wanted to help and the new school will be named Lytham St Annes in their honour. We don’t know exactly where it will be yet but we hope it will be built by next year.”

Khim Ng, director of the Zen Restaurant, said: “We’re astonished by the response – every ticket for our birthday party on Sunday has been sold, raising more than £1,500 with promises of at least another £500 for our Silent Auction.

“In addition, customers have put over £300 into the collection box and are still donating. We are very grateful.”

Manager Andy Goh added: “We were very excited about DCWC Nepal’s work.

“It’s about communities helping other communities in simple, practical ways.”

A model of the intended school has been built by regular customer Barrie Smith, whose is proud that his ancestors were among the founders of St Annes – and the appeal is being backed by the town’s Chamber of Trade, whose co-ordinator Arnold Sumner said: “It’s a wonderful cause.”