A RESTAURANT closed by a fire is donating all of a night's takings to the Help Leo Walk fund.

The Maharaja in Clarence Place, Newport, recently reopened after a small fire in the kitchen on Monday October 15 forced them to close.

Owner Abdul Hussain, 27, is also putting on a free meal for two year old Leo Dixon and his parents.

Leo, from Newport, was born six weeks early and cannot crawl, walk or even sit comfortably.

In February he underwent a series of tests and was eventually diagnosed with cerebral palsy and spastic diplegia.

His parents Kate, 28, and Mike Dixon, 36, set up Help Leo Walk to raise the £60,000 needed for Leo to undergo surgery in America, which could help him walk.

All proceeds from sit-down meals and takeaway orders at the Maharajah restaurant on Thursday November 1 will be given directly to the cause.

Mr Hussain said: "It's been hard with the restaurant shutting down, but I read an article in the Argus about Leo and it really put our problems in perspective.

"That little boy's story really touched all of us, and I felt I wanted to do something to help raise the £60,000 needed to help him walk.

"It's a lot of money, and I understand it is best for him to have the operation while he is still young, so that's why I want to help.

"We've invited Leo and his parents to come along on Thursday for a free dinner, and I'll make sure the chef cooks up a special dessert just for Leo."

Kate Dixon, Leo's mum said: "We are really grateful to this local business showing its support for our cause.

"We know friends and family will come along on Thursday, and we hope the local community will come along and show their support too."

For more information, or to book a table, call the Maharaja 01633 263035 or visit www.helpleowalk.co.uk