A charity set up by a Linthwaite mum has won the backing of one of Huddersfield’s newest restaurants.

The Chinese Buffet, which opened last month, held its VIP launch party for 100 invited guests.

And one of the directors and founders of the chain, former University of Huddersfield student Peter Wu, had a special announcement to make.

Peter, 37, said the restaurant in King Street would be supporting two charities, Ruddi’s Retreat and the Brackenhall-based Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.

Ruddi’s, set up by Ali Jones, 44, after her son Ruddi, seven, fought off cancer, is a self-confessed “tiny” charity often over-shadowed by bigger local good causes.

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Guests were asked to give generously and the restaurant will donate 50p from each diner eating there over the next two weeks.

The proceeds will then be shared by the two charities and Ali said: “We are only a small charity and this is massive for us. Even a fiver makes a big difference to us.”

Ruddi’s has two caravans in Primrose Valley and provides holidays for sick youngsters and their families.

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Ali told how the charity is going in a different direction. Staff and volunteers are undergoing new training to offer breaks for dementia patients and their families.

The off-shoot will be called Gwennie Getaways, named after Ali’s 12-month-old daughter.

“During term-time our vans stand empty,” said Ali. “This way we can help even more people.”

The Chinese Buffet is the 11th in a chain which started in Bolton.

Peter, who studied business information technology at Huddersfield and lived in the town for 10 years, said: “I am proud to be back.

“Huddersfield was the place where I came up with the concept for the restaurant and it’s coming up to our tenth anniversary now.”

He said the aim was to become a national chain but each restaurant had to be part of the local community.

“Hopefully we can raise a lot of money for two fantastic charities,” he said.

The restaurant, which cost £750,000, is the site of the former Peter’s department store.

David and Caroline Whittle, who set up Peter’s in 1982, moved the store into the Packhorse Centre.

The couple were back to see the transformation and David said: “It’s a privilege to be sat here in what was Peter’s coffee shop.

“Sometimes you have to look forward and not backwards. Our move was like starting all over again but it’s going well for us.”

Diners enjoyed a meal from the open kitchen and there was a lion dance performance said to bring good luck and prosperity.