Finchale Group has called on curry lovers from across the North East to support soldiers, veterans and their families by filling up on their favourite food.

At a special event hosted by Finchale Group, and supported by the culinary capabilities of the 101 Northumbrian Regiment Royal Artillery, guests can raise much-needed funds.

The “Big Curry” event on Friday, October 12 will see personnel from the 101 Northumbrian Regiment Royal Artillery set up a military style field kitchen and serve lunch for guests.

The special event – which Finchale Group has hosted for the past two years – will be the last held at its Pity Me site before the charity’s relocation to purpose-built premises in Belmont Business Park later this year.

All proceeds from the event will go to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity – the national charity of the British Army which provides support to soldiers, veterans and their families.

Mel Pears MBE, Finchale Group’s CEO said:“We’re appealing to individuals, friends, colleagues, and supporters to dig deep for our Big Curry event with the added benefit of helping soldiers, veterans and their families from our community.

“ABF The Soldiers’ Charity has supported Finchale Group over the past five years to enable us to continue our work to provide tailored support to veterans from the North East– we are grateful for their continued support.

“As we prepare to move to our new home later this year, this occasion offers a unique opportunity to bring together our community for the last visit to Finchale Training College whilst enjoying some fantastic food for a great cause.

“We’re delighted that 101 Northumbrian Regiment Royal Artillery has agreed to support the event – a great opportunity to engage with personnel from a local regiment.

“We are hoping to raise as much money as we can for this important charity – We’re looking forward to seeing lots of people coming along on the day.”

Last year a lunchtime crowd of more than 60 people raised a fantastic £500 and organisers at Finchale Group are hoping for an even tastier turn-out at this year’s event.

Guests will have the chance to see behind the scenes at the Finchale’s Pity Me site for the last time

A number of local businesses have sponsored the occasion or donated prizes for the raffle.

Tickets for the Big Curry, which takes place from 12noon on Friday, October 12, are available with a suggested donation of £5.00 on the day.