Lumley creates 'Gurkhas chutney'
Actress Joanna Lumley has helped to create a chutney that will go on sale as part of her efforts to support the Gurkhas.
British food company Sharwood's enlisted Lumley to help develop the limited edition Mango Chutney and Kashmiri Chilli - an ingredient from her birthplace Kashmir.
She will launch the product at the Harvey Nichols department store in London before it is rolled out to supermarkets in September.
Sharwood's will donate 10p from each jar sold to the Gurkha Welfare Trust, of which Lumley is vice-patron and which cares for ex-Gurkhas and their families.
Lumley said: "I have been addicted to hot spices since my childhood in the East and the Sharwood's chefs have helped realise my dream of creating a flavoured chutney with chilli from Kashmir, where I was born.
"I am delighted to be introducing this delicious new chutney to the British public as well as supporting the Gurkha Welfare Trust, an organisation close to my heart."
Sharwood's chef Munish Manocha said: "We wanted a true British icon to complement our much-loved heritage brand, so Joanna was the ideal choice.
"Additionally, Joanna's experiences in the East have had an influence on her adventurous palette so she appreciates Asian flavours. This proved invaluable as we worked on the recipe for the new chutney and we are confident that our customers will be delighted with the final product."
Katherine Ayres, deputy director at the Gurkha Welfare Trust, said: "We would like to thank both Joanna and Sharwood's for their generosity and for supporting the trust.
"Joanna has long been associated with the work of the trust and demonstrates so many of the qualities for which the Gurkha soldier is renowned. We are hugely grateful for her continued support for our soldiers and widows in Nepal."