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British Asian Trust beneficiaries join star-studded annual dinner raises epic funds for South Asian projects

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ALL SMILES: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Naughty Boy meet The HRH Prince of Wales (Picture credit: Justin Goff)

ALL SMILES: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Naughty Boy meet The HRH Prince of Wales (Picture credit: Justin Goff)

 

Astonishing £850,000 raised in one night

The British Asian Trust hosted its 4th Annual Dinner at Guildhall in London. The night proved to be extremely successful with distinguished guests turning out to support the charity and raising an astonishing £850,000 to support the Trust and its projects in South Asia.

The British Asian Trust Founder and President HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall attended the event, on Thursday 2nd February, alongside several of the charity’s key trustees and ambassadors.

Guests included International Development Secretary Priti Patel MP, chart-topping music star Naughty Boy, Pakistani music icon Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, both ambassadors of The Trust, tennis star Boris Becker, award-winning film director Gurinder Chadha and TV stars Nitin Ganatra and Preeya Kalidas.

HONOURABLE GUESTS: HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall (picture credit: Justin Goff)

HONOURABLE GUESTS: HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall (picture credit: Justin Goff)

International Development Secretary Priti Patel said: “The British Asian community has long played a vital role in the fight against global poverty by dedicating their time, money and expertise to this global struggle.

“I am delighted that the Department for International Development, has such an enduring partnership with the British Asian Trust which helps to defeat poverty and suffering in the world.

“The recent match funding of public donations to the British Asian Trust’s ‘Give a Girl a Future’ appeal has already helped 50,000 women and girls in Pakistan get the essential skills they need to secure steady jobs.

“There is no task more urgent than defeating poverty.

“Britain plays a leading international role in tackling the root causes of poverty and supporting the education and livelihoods of the world’s poorest."

"People in Britain can be proud of the way UK aid is saving and changing lives on an incredible scale.”

SPEAKER: Secretary of State for International Development Priti Patel MP

SPEAKER: Secretary of State for International Development Priti Patel MP

 

The night was hosted by BBC broadcaster Nihal Arthanayake, a British Asian Trust trustee, and welcomed over 450 supporters and ambassadors.

Pakistani music icon Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, who was announced as a new British Asian Trust ambassador on the night, performed and also collaborated with British chart-topping producer Naughty Boy.

GUESTS: British Asian Trust Gala Dinner 2017 (picture credit Alastair Fyfe)

GUESTS: British Asian Trust Gala Dinner 2017 (picture credit Alastair Fyfe)

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan said: "I have followed the work of the British Asian Trust for some time and it was an honour to perform tonight for HRH's The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.

“I am delighted that The Prince of Wales also announced that I will be working more closely with the British Asian Trust as an ambassador, to further support their incredible work in transforming lives across South Asia."

Kalsoom Tahira, Navanitha Kooteri Veeregowda, Sonali Shah meet The Duchess of Cornwall and HRH (picture credit: Justin Goff)

Kalsoom Tahira, Navanitha Kooteri Veeregowda, Sonali Shah meet The Duchess of Cornwall and HRH (picture credit: Justin Goff)

 

Guests were introduced to two of the Trust’s beneficiaries, Navanitha and Kalsoom who have travelled to the UK from India and Pakistan respectively and were welcomed by HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.

For Navanitha, her life changed when she signed up to a football programme with the Trust’s local partner. She proved a natural in the sport when girls playing football was not accepted as a social norm in India. She challenged this and has changed the perceptions of girls’ abilities in her local community and is an inspiration to a new generation of Indian girls.

THANKING SUPOORTERS: Richard Hawkes CEO British Asian Trust (picture credit: Justin Goff)

THANKING SUPOORTERS: Richard Hawkes CEO British Asian Trust (picture credit: Justin Goff)

Navanitha said: “I am very happy to be here and to meet the Prince, it is a proud moment. It is amazing to see the support for the British Asian Trust, whose work has helped changed my life and so many others in South Asia.”

Kalsoom was born into poverty to uneducated parents, but she was determined to complete her schooling. She briefly became a teacher, but this was cut short when her marriage ended after her husband tormented her for giving birth to a disabled son.

Despite the social stigma of divorce, Kalsoom raised her son alone.  Her life changed when she enrolled on a training programme with the Trust’s local partner. Spotting an opportunity in her community, Kalsoom launched her own training centre and now teaches sewing techniques to 20 girls.

DELIGHTED: Hardeep Singh Kohli, Neev Spencer, Preeya Kalidas, Hugh Bonneville, Gurinder Chadha, Shahid Khan, The Duchess of Cornwall, HRH, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Priti Patel, Nihal Arthanayake, Sonali Shah, Manish Bhasin, Zafar Iqbal, Reshmin Chowdhury, Ikram But

DELIGHTED: Hardeep Singh Kohli, Neev Spencer, Preeya Kalidas, Hugh Bonneville, Gurinder Chadha, Shahid Khan, The Duchess of Cornwall, HRH, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Priti Patel, Nihal Arthanayake, Sonali Shah, Manish Bhasin, Zafar Iqbal, Reshmin Chowdhury, Ikram But

Kalsoom added: “When I left Pakistan to come here my expectation was very different. Since I’ve come here and met everybody, my thoughts have definitely changed. I’m so impressed with the work of the British Asian Trust, how they have supported us and shared our pain.”

To date, the British Asian Trust has touched the lives of over three million people in South Asia, and the gala dinner marked the beginning of a special year that will focus on four key areas to transform the future of South Asia – Education, Anti-trafficking, Livelihoods and Mental Health/Disability.

Richard Hawkes, CEO, British Asian Trust said: “This has been another fantastic evening for the Trust, on our 4th annual dinner. We have felt tremendous support, warmth and encouragement for our work from all of our supporters. We look forward to a special year in 2017 as a trusted partner for South Asia.”

PERFORMANCE: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan showcased his voice to The Royals

PERFORMANCE: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan showcased his voice to The Royals

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‘Give a Girl a Future’: British Asian Trust launches appeal at exclusive fashion event

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‘Rise On The Runway’ features prominent fashion brands Raishma and Lucy Choi London, with acid attack survivors Laxmi and Adele gracing the catwalk.

‘Rise On The Runway’ features prominent fashion brands Raishma and Lucy Choi London, with acid attack survivors Laxmi and Adele gracing the catwalk.

The British Asian Trust, the UK’s leading organisation for British Asian philanthropy, launched it’s first public appeal, Give a Girl a Future at an exclusive pre-London Fashion Week fashion event on Monday 12th September.

In partnership with the GMSP Foundation, organizers hosted a gala evening at the Waldorf Hilton, which was graced by acid attack survivors Laxmi and Adele. The two brave women inspired the room with an appearance on the catwalk, which also saw collections showcased by leading designers Raishma and Lucy Choi London.

During the event, the British Asian Trust, which is also one of The Prince’s charities, launched it’s first appeal video for Give a Girl a Future, featuring chart topping music producer Naughty Boy, British TV stars Anita Rani and Sanjeev Bhaskar, Bollywood icon Anil Kapoor and British actor Ray Panthaki.

British Asian Trust ambassador Laila Rouass, British singer Sonique and ex-West Indian cricketer Carlos Braithwaite also attended.

The funds raised from the event will be donated to the Trust’s Give a Girl a Future appeal, with every £1 donated matched by the UK Government. Matched donations from the UK Government will support girls, women and their families across Pakistan in livelihood projects.

The GMSP foundation, set up by Ramesh and Pratibha Sachdev, invests in immediate needs and long-term mindset change with a focus is women and girls who they believe are the engine of social change.

The Give a Girl a Future campaign is aiming to transform the lives of 100,000 girls, women and their families in South Asia through a campaign that will see the UK Government match all donations by members of the UK public made before 7th December.

In some rural areas, 94 women in every 100 have no work and even those with work, may earn as little as 17p per day. With no skills or hope the brutal reality for thousands of girls born into poverty in South Asia is that they have no real future.

Money from the UK Government will support girls and women in Pakistan to access the skills they need to secure a sustainable livelihood.

Speaking at the event, Richard Hawkes, CEO, British Asian Trust said: “Tonight’s event in partnership with GMSP Foundation is a unique night of fashion and a chance to share the stories of vulnerable women in South Asia.

“Our first public appeal ‘Give a Girl a Future’ aims to transform the lives of girls, women and their families in South Asia and this will be an opportunity to raise funds to support the appeal and unlock the potential of a new generation.”

Donations to the British Asian Trust before 7th December 2016 will support some of the poorest people in South Asia. The UK Government will match all donations up to a maximum of £5 million during the appeal. This match funding will be used to give girls a future in Pakistan by supporting them to get the skills and opportunities they need to secure a sustainable livelihood.

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Inclusive Iftar: London Mayor on hand to breakfast in the capital

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IN SUPPORT: Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, spoke passionately on the night about the work the British Asian Trust have carried out

IN SUPPORT: Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, spoke passionately on the night about the work the British Asian Trust have carried out

As Muslims around the world continue to observe the holy month of Ramadan, a special Iftar event has been held in London to highlight the work of the British Asian Trust.

The evening, which featured a traditional Iftar dinner, took place at the prestigious The Savoy and was attended by some of the Trust’s key trustees, supporters and ambassadors.

STAR STUDDED LINE UP: Guests on the night included celebrity names such as boxer, Amir Khan and music producer, Naughty Boy

STAR STUDDED LINE UP: Guests on the night included celebrity names such as boxer, Amir Khan and music producer, Naughty Boy

Organised to in accordance with the organisation’s Ramadan appeal ‘Mind, Body and Sew’ for vulnerable women in Pakistan, the event was deemed a huge success by all involved.

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, attended the evening as the Guest of Honour and addressed the audience about the essential charitable work the British Asian Trust is undertaking across South Asia, as well as the importance of Ramadan amongst the Islamic community in the UK.

The event was also attended by British boxing champion Amir Khan, music producer Naughty Boy, and BBC Sport presenter Reshmin Chowdhury amongst others.

Sadiq Khan says: “This is my first Ramadan as the Mayor of London, and it has been a great opportunity to bring together all communities across the city.

“It has been especially humbling to see the Muslim community making incredible efforts to support charities and philanthropy throughout the month.

“The British Asian Trust in particular has continued to do outstanding work - their contribution to the South Asian community globally over the last nine years has been exceptional and as a British Asian myself, I am proud to see so many influential Londoners supporting them. Ramadan Mubarak.”

The event was hosted by BBC News presenter and Trust ambassador Asad Ahmad, who last month travelled to Pakistan, where he met some of the country’s most vulnerable women to learn more about the Trust’s work upon their lives.

The presenter also provided a first-hand account of his visit to highlight the importance of the Trust’s fundraising appeal during this campaign.

Richard Hawkes, CEO of the British Asian Trust, said it was messages like these that really helped to emphasise the impact the Ramadan appeal.

He said: “Ramadan is traditionally a time for extra giving and goodwill and we have created a campaign during this month to highlight our work to positively impact the lives of some of the most vulnerable women in Pakistan.

“Tonight’s Iftar dinner brings together some of our most prominent donors and supporters to highlight our work in Pakistan and we are delighted to be joined by the Mayor Of London, a proud British Pakistani himself, to share our message and help raise funds to change as many lives as possible in South Asia.”

During Ramadan this year, the British Asian Trust has launched the ‘Mind, Body and Sew’ appeal to highlight the life-changing work and raise funds to help give more women a hand up instead of a hand out to ensure they can secure a sustainable livelihood for themselves and their families.

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British Royalty meets Bollywood

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Ties, tuxedos and towering high heels on show for Royal India visit

Dubbed the ‘Royal Couple of the Orient’, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s week-long tour of India has been the ‘talk of the town …well every town really.

Some of the biggest names in the Indian film industry turned out to greet the royal guests. Film actors including Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar and cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar were amongst the many famous stars welcoming the Duke and Duchess to India. The VIP event was attended by over 200 of India's top personalities.

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REGAL: Prince William and Kate Middleton, who wore a gown by Jenny Packham and Amrapali jewels

Mumbai's prestigious Taj Palace Hotel played host and a lavish setting for the ultimate Bollywood party held in honour of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on 10th April.

And while it was a night of wall-to wall glamour, the evening's event hosted by The British High Commission in partnership with the British Asian Trust, the VIP event (allegedly £10,000 per head), had an important objective to raise money for vulnerable children.

Kate looked every inch a true Bollywood princess as she dazzled the evening wearing a beaded colbat blue Jenny Packham gown finished off with an ornate silver-beaded chiffon scarf. The outfit was matched with drop earrings, from luxury Indian jewellers Amrapali. 

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QUEUED UP: (l-r) Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Dr Nene, Neetu Singh, Rishi Kapoor line up to greet His Royal Highness Prince William at the Royal Charity Ball in the Taj Hotel, Mumbai

The couple mingled with India's most celebrated personalities from the worlds of film, sport and commerce, but Bollywood dominated the event with actors and actresses such as Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Anil Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor and wife Neetu Singh, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan and director/producer Karan Johar just to name a few.

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COUPLE: Madhuri Dixit Nene and husband

Reported by the Daily Mail, Madhuri Dixit described her meeting with Kate and William. She said: "We talked about Indian movies and how they're getting popular everywhere.

"The Duke admitted he hadn't watched any Bollywood movies but he represents the British film industry and was interested in collaboration.

"The Duchess said she loves being here and the people are very welcoming this time, but she was worried she may miss her children," Madhuri revealed.

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ELITE: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were welcomed to India by Bollywood celebrities and prominent businesspeople

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DUBIOUS: Kate revealed her fondness for Indian food but William was unsure about the local cuisine

 

Bollywood king Shah Rukh Khan, 50, and Adar Poonawalla, chief executive of the Serum Institute, had the pleasure of Kate sitting between them, while Will was happily flanked by Aishwarya Rai and Mrs Rachnee Sarna (wife of Rakesh Sarna CEO Taj Hotel).

A 'Maharaja's Thali' with both vegetarian and meat options was presented in regal style.

The moth-watering selection included a mushroom and pea curry, vegetable kebabs, spinach and corn curry, paneer, cauliflower rice, red lentil dahl and traditional mithai  - such as gulab jamun, kesari rasmalai and paan kulfi.

The night was set alight with Bollywood-style entertainment, with music and dance performances from the Shiamak Davar dance company.

The reception also raised money for three organisations doing remarkable work with vulnerable children in Mumbai and across India– Childline India, Magic Bus and Door Step School, India.

 

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STUNNING: Jacqueline Fernandez in an embroidered gown by Manish Malhotra

 

British High Commissioner to India Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG, said: “Their Royal Highnesses are delighted to have this opportunity to celebrate India’s notable contribution to cinema and to meet some of Mumbai’s most influential people in film, sport and business.

“The Duke and Duchess take a particular interest in initiatives that promote the welfare of disadvantaged children, helping them access education and health services. They are pleased that the funds raised at this event for these important organisations will create a small legacy of their visit to India.”

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The partner organisation for the event was the British Asian Trust, of which HRH The Prince of Wales is founder and President of, supports grassroots initiatives that enables disadvantaged people to help themselves and transform their lives.

Manoj Badale, Chairman, The British Asian Trust said: “It was a series of visits made by HRH The Prince of Wales to South Asia in 2005 and 2006 that inspired the launch of The British Asian Trust and as we approach the tenth year since our launch, it is an honour to share our work with TRH The Duke and The Duchess of Cambridge, who have shown such a great interest in supporting the vulnerable children of India.”

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TWO AMIGOS: Shah Rukh Khan in a white tuxedo for the Royal dinner with best buddy producer and director Karan Johar

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ICONIC: Rishi Kapoor and wife Neetu Singh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SWEET: Alia Bhatt in Manish Malhotra

 

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GORGEOUS: Shilpa Shetty looked elegant in a pink Monisha Jaising sari teamed with a mirrored blouse and jewellery by Farah Khan, with husband Raj  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HAPPY: Sonam Kapoor in Elie Saab World, with Arjan Kapoor and her father Anil Kapoor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Over £500,000 raised at British Asian Trust fundraising dinner

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More than half a million pounds was raised last week at a high profile fundraising dinner, as the British Asian Trust showed there is power in numbers as they raised funds for work in South Asia.

On Wednesday 5th February, chart topping music sensation, and latest British Asian Trust ambassador, Naughty Boy led the entertainment alongside his guest performer and Brit Award winning artist, Emeli Sandé, at The Victoria and Albert Museum.

As well as the crowd pleasing performance from Naughty Boy and Emeli Sandé, the event was attended by fellow British Asian Trust Ambassadors, Ikram Butt, Preeya Kaildas, Sanjeev Bhaskar OBE, Mishal Husain, Laila Rouass and Ronnie O’Sullivan, amongst others.

WELCOMED: Music sensation, Naughty Boy, is the latest ambassador of the British Asian Trust, set up by HRH The Prince of Wales, and performed on the night with Emile Sandé (image courtesy of Richard Lewis)

WELCOMED: Music sensation, Naughty Boy, is the latest ambassador of the British Asian Trust, set up by HRH The Prince of Wales, and performed on the night with Emile Sandé (image courtesy of Richard Lewis)

The Trust also welcomed three-time Wimbledon Champion, Boris Becker, who auctioned himself off for a game of tennis with Novak Djokovic.

The British Asian Trust was founded in 2007, at the suggestion of HRH The Prince of Wales. The Trust provides funding to support high impact charities within the areas of education, health and livelihoods in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Hitan Mehta, Executive Director of The British Asian Trust, was delighted with the success of the night, with the funds raised having the potential to help so many people in the future.

He said: “The night was a great success for the Trust; it allowed HRH The Prince of Wales to tell guests about the impact of his recent tour to South Asia and his visit to our projects.

“The dinner also gave us the opportunity to thank our supporters, and having our own Ambassador Naughty Boy entertain guests, made the evening feel all the more special. To raise such a phenomenal amount illustrates how our donors come together to change lives for the better.”

The British Asian Trust has celebrated a successful few months with the event following HRH The Prince of Wales’s successful trip to South Asia last November.

During his time in India, The Prince visited a number of projects his Trust supports and saw first-hand how donor funds are being used to give a hand up rather than a hand out to those in need.

The Trust prides itself on its ability to transform the lives of beneficiaries, faced with poverty and situations often out of their control.

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British Asian Trust welcomes latest ambassador, Zayn Malik

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One Direction Star, and Bradford boy, Zayn Malik, has been named as the latest official ambassador for the British Asian Trust.

The 21-year-old was praised by the charity’s executive director for his ‘immense talent’ as part of the world’s biggest boyband.

AMBASSADOR: One Direction’s Zayn Malik was honoured last week as he became the latest ambassador of the British Asian trust

AMBASSADOR: One Direction’s Zayn Malik was honoured last week as he became the latest ambassador of the British Asian trust

The trust provides funding to help disadvantaged people in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Zayn joins fellow British Asian Trust Ambassadors: Naughty Boy, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Dev Patel, Mishal Husain, Laila Rouass, Preeya Kalidas, Nitin Ganatra and Nina Wadia, as they continue to raise funds for South Asian projects.

Hitan Mehta, Executive Director of The British Asian Trust said: “We are delighted to welcome Zayn Malik to The British Asian Trust family; he is a young man with immense talent and a dedicated following.

“Zayn joins a dedicated group of celebrity supporters, who have worked alongside us helping to improve the lives of disadvantaged people living in South Asia.”

One Direction have achieved worldwide stardom since breaking onto the scene in 2010 following their time on X-Factor. Their achievements include two BRIT Awards and four MTV Video Music Awards among many others.

After the release of their latest album, Midnight Memories, One Direction became the first band in US Billboard 200 history to have their first three albums debut at No. 1. The album was also a global success, debuting at No 1 on the UK Albums Chart and became the fastest and biggest selling album of 2013 in the UK.

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A Royal appointment

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British Asian Trust Ambassador, Ikram Butt, has been invited to attend a dinner event in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales.

The event is taking place on Wednesday 5th February 2014 at the Victoria and Albert Museum with chart topping music sensation, Naughty Boy, performing alongside his guest performer and Brit Award winning artist, Emeli Sande.

Ikram Butt commented: “I am delighted to be invited to the event. The British Asian Trust has very similar aims and values as BARA (British Asian Rugby Association) and I was very pleased to be invited to become one of their Ambassadors.’

GUEST: Ikram Butt, founder of BARA and British Asian Trust Ambassador, will dine with the Prince of Wales next week

GUEST: Ikram Butt, founder of BARA and British Asian Trust Ambassador, will dine with the Prince of Wales next week

The British Asian Trust was founded in 2007, at the suggestion of HRH The Prince of Wales, by a group of British Asian business leaders.

The Trust provides funding to support high impact charities within the areas of education, health and livelihoods in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The dinner will raise funds for a number of projects that the Trust supports in these countries. Since it was established, the Trust has touched the lives of one million disadvantaged people, and over the next five years it aims to reach a further two million.

The event will also celebrate the success of HRH The Prince of Wales’ recent visit to South Asia. During his time in India, The Prince visited a number of projects his Trust supports, allowing him to visualise for himself how supporter funds are used to transform the lives of the Trust’s beneficiaries.

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