Half way for heart campaign

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A charity campaign to raise enough money to buy a crucial piece of kit to help children with heart problems has reached a major milestone.

Farooq Mohammed has been running the campaign to raise enough money to buy the Cardiac Echo machine for Peterborough City Hospital. The machine, which costs £70,000, will diagnose heart problems in youngsters.

To raise the money, Mr Farooq - who has been awarded the British Empire Medal for his charity work - has been holding special charity nights at his restaurant, Maharani’s in Hampton on Wednesdays, as well as a special ‘privilege’ menu for the rest of the week. The campaign has now raised £35,000, and he presented the cheque to Sam Hunt and Dr Tim Jones at Peterborough City Hospital this month.