Manchester families cook up funds for the Fed

Eighty-five Manchester families have cooked up a tidy sum for Federation of Jewish Services' welfare projects from the charity's third annual Fed Friday appeal.

The idea is that families raise money by hosting a Friday night dinner and asking guests to make a donation to the Fed rather than buying the hosts a gift. Hosts also had the chance of winning a four-course catered Friday night dinner for 12 in a raffle.

Federation of Jewish Services marketing officer Joyce Khan said £5,000 had been raised with the prospect of more to come.

"We have a lot of people holding Fed Friday dinners on alternative dates. One Whitefield lady is hosting a mega seder at Pesach and another from Prestwich is holding three dinners."

Proceeds will go towards helping children with disabilities, mental health services and respite care for older people.

    Last updated: 10:49am, February 11 2011