A family-owned restaurant in Epsom has raised more than £2,000 for the mayor’s chosen charities after hosting a fundraiser event at their venue.

A friend of Clive Woodbridge’s (The Mayor of Epsom and Ewell) offered to host the charity fundraiser event last Tuesday at the Le Raj Indian restaurant.

Enam Ali, who owns the award-winning restaurant with his family, gave up the space for the event as well as providing the auction prizes.

These included VIP tickets to the British Curry Awards and limited-edition bottles of Le Raj champagne.

The event was attended by the Mayor and the local community, who raised more than £2,000 for the charities that the Mayor has decided to focus on during his mayoral year.

The seven charities that Clive aims to raise funds and awareness of include:

• Epsom & Ewell Foodbank

• Shine Cancer Support

• Epsom Sports Club

• Cardiac Risk in the Young

• Racing Welfare

• Bliss

• JDRF Diabetes Research

The Le Raj Restaurant has raised nearly £2 million pounds for charity since its establishment in 1989.

In the past, the restaurant has been visited by celebrities such as Johnny Depp, Mike Tindall and Pierce Brosnan.

Future fundraisers for the Mayors chosen charities have already been planned at the venue over the course of the Mayoral Year.

Monday, May 16, Councillor Clive was officially declared as the Mayor of Epsom and Ewell at the Council's annual Mayor Making ceremony at Bourne Hall.

When he became Mayor, he said: "It is a real honour to be chosen by my peers to be Mayor of Epsom and Ewell, a borough that has been my home for more than 40 years.

“I’m really looking forward to using this time as an opportunity to highlight the many individuals and groups who do so much to make this a very special place, where people care for one another and take great pride in where they live.

“I hope to visit as many residents and local organisations as possible in my term of office and showcase what a truly wonderful community this is."