Palmer and Harvey’s ‘Curry on Laughing’ charity event raised £13,000 for retailers devastated by the recent riots.

Last night (September 29) 430 guests attended the fundraising comedy night, with all proceeds going to Sweet Charity and its emergency riot fund for independent retailers.

The cash will help retailers such as Mr Patel who Sweet Charity helped get back on his feet after his store was completely destroyed by rioters.

Without any stock left and with retail equipment beyond repair Mr Patel was unable to open his store, which he has run for the past 20 years, leaving him without any means of income to support himself and his six children.

Sweet Charity’s riot fund was able to act quickly to get him a new freezer and replacement stock within days and let Mr Patel’s store open again.

The audience, made up of suppliers and Palmer and Harvey staff, were entertained by the talents of TV comedian Seann Walsh and edgy ventriloquist Nina Conti.

Richard Hayhoe, marketing director, at Palmer and Harvey, said: “As the largest wholesaler in the UK, anything that affects retailers affects us. We want to use our influence and scale to bring together people throughout the retail industry and help to make a difference and get these businesses back up and running again quickly. We’re really grateful to all those who supported the event.”

Palmer and Harvey’s 10-year partnership with Sweet Charity has seen the wholesaler raise over £1.25 million for the charity to date.