Thousands raised for Indian orphanage at charity dinner

A Heal India dinner helped raise money for the charity. EMN-140411-114306001

A Heal India dinner helped raise money for the charity. EMN-140411-114306001

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Hundreds of Peterborough people who attended a Heal India dinner helped raise more than £8,000 for the charity which helps orphaned and underprivileged children.

Guests heard how the city-based charity, which was set up by Westwood Clinic GP Kuneru Prasad in 1992, for 26 children at his own home in Guntur, South India, had grown and now provides shelter and education for more than 1,300 children on various sites.

A new Heal - Health and Education for All - Paradise Village, due for completion soon, will house another 1,000 children including some who are blind.

Guests enjoyed Indian and English music, and traditional Bharatanatyam dance late into the night.

Among guests were Peterborough police Sgt Paul Harris, who raises funds for the charity, and wife Helen (pictured) and Sgt Chris Baker and wife Vicky (also pictured), who run the Cambs Police Amateur Boxing Club for underprivileged youngsters in the city which Heal supports.

See www.healcharity.org for more details.