Jesmond restaurant to help international cause


Uganda charity evening at Louis'

Louis‘ restaurant on Osborne Road will hold a charity meal on Monday evening (21st May) to raise money for an upcoming Mission Direct school project in Uganda.

A three-course dinner will be served, accompanied by live music from a Blues Brothers tribute duo.

Mission Direct is a charity organisation that sends volunteers to build homes, classrooms and clinics in countries such as Uganda, Brazil, Cambodia and Kenya. In Uganda, Mission Direct focuses on children and education and the charity evening at Louis’ will raise money to help build a school in Uganda.

The three-course menu is £28 pounds per person and £10 pounds from every meal will go towards the charity’s project.

Northumbria policewoman Elizabeth Pullan, who has connections to both Louis’ and Mission Direct, is behind the event. Pullan worked for the company that owns Louis’, Scalini’s and Osbornes for 10 years, but left her position in 2009 to join the police force. This is Pullan’s first year volunteering for Mission Direct.

As for the decision to hold the charity evening at Louis’, Pullan told JesmondLocal: “I still have a lot of friends at Louis’ so it made sense to have the event there.”

Pullan and five of her family members will travel to Uganda on 5th July with Mission Direct. Pullan says the charity hopes to use the money raised at Louis’ to not only build a school, but also a bakery and piggery.

Both Louis’ and Pullan have worked with charities in the past. Louis’ has worked with Cash for Kids and Pullan helped host an event at Jesmond restaurant Firenze in aid of breast cancer last year. The event raised £19,000 pounds.

When asked about her motive to help raise money to build a school in Uganda with Mission Direct, Pullan told JesmondLocal: “I just wanted a new challenge this year.”

Louis’ will open its doors for dinner at 6pm, with the live music starting around 8 pm. Reservations are recommended (0191 281 4545).

You can view more images of the work in Uganda in this slideshow by Mission Direct: