PRESS RELEASE        ISSUED: 19 May 2015

Bangla Banquet raises thousands for local family charity


Local family support charity, Home-Start Camden (HSC) started celebrating its 20th birthday year with the help of Bangladeshi philanthropist and celebrity chef, Tommy Miah and over 225 guests.   The Bangla Banquet at Camden School for Girls has raised £7,368 so far. 

Tommy, known as the Curry King and the ‘Jamie Oliver’ of Bangladesh, created a unique mouth-watering menu from his renowned repertoire and recipes from his International Indian Chef of the Year competition.  Diners were entertained by London’s Bollywood Dance Entertainer, Jay Kumar and his dancers and local belly dancer, Rosy Summerbell. 

The event is being supported by Kingfisher Beer and Camden businesses such as Pizza East, The Vine, Cakehouse, The Osteopathic Practice, Galton Flowers, Wahaca and other eateries and local shops, who generously donated raffle and auction items.

Others lending their support for the fundraising event included best-selling authors, Phillip Pullman and Wendy Cope; cartoonist Kipper Williams and The Secret Artist NW5.  Local photographer, Jason Shenai donated a limited edition photograph of Bluston’s, Kentish Town’s iconic shop front.  Other auction lots included theatre tickets to new West End musicals Beyond Bollywood and Bend it like Beckham, tea with local writer, Michele Hanson, a Thames boat ride for four at Windsor, tours of the National Portrait Gallery and the British Museum, a cottage holiday on Mull, a holiday caravan in Norfolk and plants from Indoor Garden Design.

Home-Start Camden supports local families with children under five who are going through a difficult time by matching them with trained parent volunteers for weekly home visits. Approximately 25% of HSC’s families are from the Bangladeshi community so working with Tommy Miah is a great match for the charity. By offering help at an early stage, Home-Start helps minimize the difficulties families are experiencing. The practical help, emotional support and increased parenting skills have a lasting impact and families say: “Home-Start Camden, you have changed my life, you have given me confidence and support that will last a lifetime.”

Camden parents with at least one child under five who feel lonely, exhausted, unhappy or overwhelmed can request a volunteer by contacting Home-Start Camden.  The charity also offers training to local people with parenting experience to become weekly home-visiting volunteers. Families and volunteers greatly benefit from the experience of working with one another.

In this 20th Birthday year, the charity has launched its 100 Campaign as it is seeking 100 donors to give a monthly donation to ensure it continues to support Camden’s families under pressure!

To find out more about the charity, its next volunteer training course or to donate on-line please visit or call the office on 020 7424 1603.


Notes to Editors:

Press contacts:

Cathy Carpenter at Home-Start Camden on 07535 450718 or email:

The full press release is available for download here:  Press Release Bangla Success 19 5 15