(Treasurer and first contact with the Support Group) My family have been supporting TRUST since my daughter Becca stayed with Thirumaran and his family during a gap year in 2005. Having retired, my wife and I visited for four nights in May 2009 and I returned determined to redouble my efforts to support Thirumaran and the Children's Home. This Support Group, set up and run by visitors to TRUST Children's Homes, is the result.
I went to TRUST in summer 2009 for 4 weeks with Kat Manchip and loved every minute of it. Since then we have become trustees of the support group and have run the Paris marathon for TRUST.
The home is an amazing place and I want as many people as possible to have the chance to experience the values and attitudes of the charity and to meet the children. They are absolutely amazing, TRUST children's home is like a large family and they are so much fun and some of the nicest children I have ever met.
I went back in Summer 2012 for 1 week on my own to see the children and Thirumaran's family again, a short time but still as wonderful as ever.
I visited TRUST Children's Home for three months this year from February - June 2012. While I was there I taught English and other subjects at TRUST India School in the village, and went to the Children's home in the evenings to play, study and eat with the children. I also visited other local schools, hospitals, other public charity functions, the law Courts and taught English speaking and writing to an older man for an hour a few times each week.
I first visited TRUST and India at Easter in 2007, with Becca. It was a whirlwind of new and exciting experiences and I feel really blessed that I was able to go. I was completely amazed by Thirumaran, his family, and all at the home, and all the work that is going on in the local community as well. I'm very excited that this support group has been set up and am beginning to collect ideas for ways in which to raise money.
I've just graduated as a vet and am now working in London.
I originally found out about Trust from another girl at university who said she'd had an amazing time. I had booked flights to India within a week and promptly forgot about the whole thing for the next 6 months. I had absolutely no idea what to expect of the place. Allie and I went out to TRUST during summer 2009. To say i was inspired by the place would be the biggest understatement of my life! It is the most positive, loving place i have ever been to. I actually found myself forgetting that these children have no parents, although Banu and the ladies that run TRUST are wonderful.
We came home and immediately booked a place to run the Paris marathon to try and raise money. We also got in touch with Richard, Becca and Chrissie to form a UK based support charity for TRUST.
Three years down the line and Trust Children's Support Group UK has really grown. It is unbelievably exciting to see things steadily expand over the years, I am looking forward to the next chapter! I also can't wait to get out to India and visit TRUST again!
Visited twice in 2012, April and August, after my son Finn's visit in Jan. Helped to start the building project for a new boy's home.