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Restaurant runners: ‘All-clear’ diagnosis inspires fundraisers to raise thousands for charity

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CHARITABLE: Bobby Patel celebrates raising £2,000 for Yorkshire Cancer Research with his wife, Minal, and Stephanie Jones, Regional Fundraiser for West Yorkshire at the charity

CHARITABLE: Bobby Patel celebrates raising £2,000 for Yorkshire Cancer Research with his wife, Minal, and Stephanie Jones, Regional Fundraiser for West Yorkshire at the charity

A restaurant owner from Drighlington has raised £2,000 for Yorkshire Cancer Research after taking part in the Run for All Leeds 10K.

Bobby Patel, owner of the Indian restaurant Prashad, decided to take part in the event after his dad, Mohan, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Earlier this year, Mohan received the all-clear after undergoing treatment at Bradford Royal Infirmary and his family have been supporting the cancer charity ever since, helping to raise awareness of the disease among Asian communities in the Bradford area.

Talking about last month’s 10k challenge, Bobby said: “It was amazing to take part in the Leeds 10K with thousands of other runners raising money for lots of different charities. The atmosphere was so warm and the cheers from the crowd gave me that extra push.

“I haven’t found that nirvana of running. It’s still hard every time I go out, but crossing the finish line felt incredible.”

He continued: “We’re really grateful to our friends, family and customers for all the support they gave us in the run up to the day.

“Taking part in the event gave us something really positive to talk about in the restaurant and we hope that it will inspire other members of the Asian community to take up healthy past times such as walking and running.”

Following a host of recent fundraisers and awareness events, Bobby’s wife, Minal, Head Chef at Prashad, has now been inspired to take up running herself and the couple will take part in the Bradford 5K together on 30th October.

Minal, who works 80 hours a week, said: “The whole family went to watch Bobby and it was so emotional to see him running for the first time.

“I’m not a sporty person but I’ve found that running gives me so much more energy. I’m always so busy and tired but you have to make the time to exercise. I’m so excited to have a challenge to aim for.”

Next month, Bobby will take on his latest challenge as he heads to Newcastle for the Great North Run’s half marathon event.

Bobby added: “Minal is always on her feet cooking or developing menus. The way she’s taken up running just shows that there’s always time for these things and I hope her example will encourage other Asian women to think about setting some time aside for exercise.

“It’s amazing for us to be able to do something together outside work and we’re really looking forward to taking part in the 5K for Yorkshire Cancer Research. Statistics around cancer, particularly in Asian communities, are really worrying, so we’re trying to raise awareness as much as possible.”

For more information about fundraising for Yorkshire Cancer Research, please visit www.ycr.org.uk/teamyorkshire.

Sky’s the limit: Give a Gift ambassadors ready for skydive in aid of local causes

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DETERMINED: Bhranti Naik and Zara Nasir will complete their daring skydive next month in aid of Give a Gift

DETERMINED: Bhranti Naik and Zara Nasir will complete their daring skydive next month in aid of Give a Gift

Two determined fundraisers from Leeds are preparing for the ‘tallest’ challenge of their lives next month as they fall from 15,000ft in aid of local charities.

Bhranti Naik, from Adel, and Zara Nasir, from Chapel Allerton, will complete their first-ever skydive on 18th October as part of the Give a Gift initiative.

Raising funds for the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund at Leeds General Infirmary and Martin House Children’s Hospice, the brave duo will have their heads in the clouds as they join a team of fundraisers in Lincoln.

Both women are ambassadors of the Give a Gift project and have helped with previous events in the past.

However, neither have completed a skydive before and for 21-year-old Zara there is an extra incentive to going up in the plane.

“For both of us, we are doing this skydive primarily to help children who don’t have the advantage of health in their lives at this moment,” she said.

“I think we all have a responsibility to look after others, especially the kids, and if we can raise money to support them by doing this then that is a great thing to do.”

She added: “I have also put myself forward for the jump to conquer my fear of heights and what better way to do that than by joining in a skydive.”

Bhranti, who is a school teacher by trade, says she is looking forward to the event having climbed mountains, modelled catwalks, danced Zumba and distributed toys for the charity previously.

“It is a totally different experience but one I am pleased to be a part of and am ready for it now,” she said.

“I just hope people will dig deep enough for the causes and help us raise even more money for these two incredible charities.”

The Give a Gift initiative was set up in 2013 as a way of allowing the local Asian communities to support causes in their area.

Building strong links with the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund and Martin House, thousands of pounds have already been donated, whilst a giant toy appeal is held every year around Eid.

Give a Gift Ambassador, Rifhat Malik, who has helped organise the skydive, praised the efforts of the fundraisers and wished them the best of luck before they let gravity take over.

“This is the fourth challenge we have set this year through Give a Gift and it is great to see people supporting it,” she said.

“A big thank you to all our skydivers and long may their volunteering and fundraising continue.”

If you would like to sponsor Bhranti and Zara on their daring fundraiser, please contact Rifhat Malik on 07711 623 386.