‘They literally are life savers’ – Bangladeshi restaurant cooks 150 meals for NHS hospital nurses and staff
- Credit: MARALYN BAMBRIDGE
A generous family-owned Bangladeshi restaurant in Manningtree has delivered 150 meals to NHS staff at Colchester Hospital in a bid to say thank you.
Staff from The Mogul, in South Street, hand-delivered the meals to staff at the hospital on Wednesday, May 20 after spending the entire day cooking the meals from scratch.
Prepared by owner Minar Miah and his nephew, head chef Sumu Miah, the restaurant cooked 100 chicken biryanis with a side order of vegetable curry and 50 vegetarian meals.
Mr Miah, 63, said he was inspired to do something to brighten the mood of hospital staff after making friends with so many nurses and doctors in his restaurant.
He also wanted to say thank you to operational staff working behind the scenes, to ensure the hospital continues providing the highest levels of care.
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Mr Miah said: “The NHS staff are all working so hard on the frontline and are putting themselves at great risk just to help others and keep us safe. They literally are life savers.
“All of the food is very fresh and cooked with love.”
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Mr Miah and his team delivered the meals to the front entrance of the hospital wearing “thank you NHS” t-shirts.
The team has previously organised charity events for the hospital, having hosted a banquet in 2018 to support its drive to build a dedicated cancer unit, the Collingwood Centre.
Elsewhere, Mr Miah has donated 15 tonnes of food, such as rice and lentils, to his home village in Bangladesh, in the hope of helping the poorest living through the coronavirus crisis.
Mr Miah said: “I always like doing charity work – I love to do anything I can to help people.
“I’m not a rich businessman by any means, but I always do everything I can to help my community.
“Simply put, if I can make someone happy, then I will.”
The restaurant has remained open for takeaways seven days a week throughout the coronavirus lockdown, and is offering a discount to all NHS staff.