The Buwan Kothi Internatonal Trust UK (BKIT) has received a bequest of £65,460 from the estate of Hannah Griffiths, wife of former Mayor of Leamington Tom Griffiths.
BKIT aims to benefit the public of rural regeneration in Haryana, India and in 2007, the Gilly Mundy Memorial Community School was built in the area in memory of Gurpreet ‘Gilly’ Singh Mundy. The project took place after Gilly’s father, Mota Singh, raised enough money to start the build.
Mota, BKIT trustee and former Mayor of Leamington, had been good friends with Hannah and Tom Griffiths for over 40 years before their deaths.
He said: “Hannah and Tom were especially supportive to me during the difficult time when my wife died and then Hannah also supported me when Gilly died. As well as being my good friend, Tom was my teacher when I attended Mid- Warwickshire College.
“Hannah always took a great interest in the school and was a regular donor over the years. She was especially glad to know about our Assisted Places Scheme which ensures that over 20 per cent of the students come from families who would not be able to afford the fees.
“This bequest will be used to build an extra eight rooms at the primary school, making a second storey on the building. This will then qualify us to apply to the Central Board of Secondary Education in Delhi to become a senior secondary school. Once finished, the whole building will be named in their memory.”
BKIT have so far spent £800,000 worth of funding on the school and are now aiming to raise a further £60,000 in order to purchase three new school buses worth £40,000 and build a new multipurpose assembly hall at a cost of £20,000
Extract from Coventry Evening Telegraph (22.01.16)
Thank to everyone who took part in this year’s cycle ride – we are already looking forward to 2016 which will be our tenth anniversary ride. Funds raised this year will be used to support Arts and Sports projects at the Gilly Mundy Memorial Community School.
The annual BKIT charity cycle ride 2015, a sponsored cycle ride to raise funds for the Trust will this year take place on
Sunday 5th July
The ninth annual cycle ride once again follows the 26 mile route that starts and finishes at the Pump Room Gardens in Leamington Spa. The route passes Warwick Castle, Charlecote, Wellesbourne and Chesterton Wood and is paved, fairly flat and suitable for cyclists of all levels.
Registration costs £10 (plus a 90p booking fee), for which all riders will get snacks & drinks at half way point, food at the end and also a shiny gold medal!
To find out how to register online and further details of the route, visit our Cycling for BKIT page.
If you are not a cyclist, you can also register as a Support Volunteer to help out on the day of the event. Support Volunteers help with marshalling at the start, half-way point and end of the ride.
You can also stay in touch through our ‘Cyclists for BKIT’ page on FaceBook