IT was a whopping success for a popular city centre restaurant's charity night as they brought in thousands of pounds to help the people of Ukraine. 

Alex's Pasta Bar, located in Carlisle's Green Market, opened up their restaurant on April, 28 - with every penny in the takings going to provide aid, not just the profits.

Romanian-born owner, Alex Stoica said it was "good" to see that the night brought in £3,200, which will be used to help orchestrate deliveries of goods from Carlisle's Polish Shop Dino to the Ukrainian border.

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The restaurant took in £1,800 from diners on the evening, £300 from a raffle as well as donations being accounted for throughout the month. 

Ever since the war broke out, the restaurant has been collecting all money made from desserts which made up for another £500 to the pot. 

"Cumbria has been great in trying to help the on-going situation, especially Polish Shop Dino, they've organised so much in the way of transporting goods across the border," Alex said. 

On the night there was also a raffle including an array of prizes such as gift vouchers and wine but the hot ticketed item was a Manchester United strip, signed by the 2014 players and manager Louis Van Gaal. 

"A lady from Dalston won the Man Utd top on the night, but we've still to find out if she's a Manchester United fan," he said.

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