Fishbourne businessman helps St Wilfrid’s

St Wilfrid's Hospice's Julie Longman  with money raised by John Hine who cooked for over 120 people.''C120021-1 Chi Jan12 Woolpack  Photo Louise Adams
St Wilfrid's Hospice's Julie Longman with money raised by John Hine who cooked for over 120 people.''C120021-1 Chi Jan12 Woolpack Photo Louise Adams

FISHBOURNE businessman John Hine whisked up a treat when he cooked a curry as part of a fundraising evening for St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

The event held last month at the Woolpack Inn, Fishbourne, raised £1,615 and this week John presented a cheque to charity representatives.

The meal was a delicious chicken Thai green curry which he and wife Mandy cooked at home which was then taken to the pub and served up to 120 guests, who paid £10 each to attend.

The meat was kindly donated by Penfolds Butchers in Parklands, Chichester, while Tangmere Nurseries donated 55 peppers. The Woolpack kindly donated the venue and organised a set of whites for John.

John took up the cooking gauntlet after friends suggested it.

“I’ve only recently learned how to cook the basics; I’m absolutely useless at cooking and DIY and I think it was about time to do something for myself.

“Mandy showed me how to do the basics like spaghetti Bolognaise and Thai green curry. I was talking to my friends about it and they said I should cook for charity.

“My nickname is Hiner and they called it Hiner’s Diner and Disco. It was hard work; I didn’t really know what I was letting myself in for, but everyone was really generous and it was absolutely fantastic.”

The evening also included a raffle, with Trents in Chichester donating the first prize. John thanked everyone who had been involved with the fundraiser.