A new Indian street food restaurant in Preston has announced a partnership with a local hospice, with proceeds from each dinner bill helping to fund care for sick children.
Preston Mowgli has partnered with Derian House Children’s Hospice, which has a ‘special bond’ with general manager Kieran O’Brien, who has worked for Mowgli for more than two years, with the restaurant adding a ‘small discretionary donation’ to each bill .
Located in Preston’s Miller Arcade in the city centre, the new restaurant opened to the public on Monday 11th July.
Kieran’s cousin, Yaaseen Mulla, spent the last hours of his short life being treated at the hospice.
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Kieran, 32, from Manchester, said: ‘As part of the Mowgli Trust, each restaurant has its own named charity, and I think it’s incredible that Mowgli Preston has chosen to support Derian House Children’s Hospice.
“My cousin, Yaaseen, died at Derian House two days before his fourth birthday after an 18-month battle with leukaemia.
“It’s been 18 years since we lost Yaas, but I’ve seen how Derian House has continued to support my family.
“We’ve been busy in Preston Mowgli preparing for our grand opening, and we’ll definitely be planning fundraising events for Derian House once the restaurant is up and running – really looking forward to it.”
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Derian House provides respite and end-of-life care to over 450 children and youth in the North West.
Adele Holland, Yaaseen’s mother, said: “Yaaseen was only at Derian House for a short time, but the care and support they gave us was amazing.
“We went to Derian House on September 9, 2004, where we stayed for 12 hours. Yaaseen passed away early in the morning.
“Yaaseen’s birthday was just two days after her death on September 12, and Derian’s nurses asked us what we were doing to mark the day.
“We hadn’t even thought of that. It has now become a tradition that we visit Derian House every year to leave cards in the Derian Reflection Area and to remember Yaas.”
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Adele said Derian has supported the family ever since, with Adele’s two children Aziz, 30, and Raeesah, 25, only 11 and 7 when Yaaseen died, so they joined Derian’s bereavement group, Stepping Stones, where they made friends.
Adele said: “I have seen Derian grow over the years and we continue to support this amazing charity after all this time.
“I’m so glad Mowgli chose to partner with Derian House. Yaaseen always looked up to Kieran when he was a teenager, and I think it’s all very fitting – a special coincidence – that will help families like ours.
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Nisha Katona is CEO and founder of Mowgli Street Food restaurants and the Mowgli Trust charity.
Katona said: “Being able to bring our cat bombs to Miller Arcade while supporting children and families in Preston who need life-changing care is what Mowgli exists for.
“Being alongside Derian House Children’s Hospice is the least we can do.
“We are delighted that the Preston team is working with our new charity brother and making a difference.”
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Kerry Pritchard is a community fundraiser at Derian House Childen’s Hospice.
Pritchard said: “We are delighted that Mowgli Preston has chosen Derian House as their charity, and we look forward to our future partnership.
“Although it is free for families, it costs £5.7m to run the services at Derian each year. Mowgli’s generous donations will go a long way in helping families, as will Adele’s.
“The new restaurant is beautiful – it will be a great addition to Preston!”
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To find out more about Mowgli and his charitable trust, visit – https://www.mowglistreetfood.com/
To find out more about Derian House Children’s Hospice, visit – https://www.derianhouse.co.uk/
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