Jul 2, 2014

Annual Tour of Aasra shelter for boys Nainital

Aasra which literally translates into 'safe haven'was the first shelter home started by SBT. Lodged

in the by-lanes of Paharganj, Aasra bustles with activity from the crack of dawn till the stars are

up… as we believe that an idle mind is the devil's workshop!!! With a capacity for 50 boys (between

five to 18 years of age), it is a short stay home i.e. children stay her for minimum a week to six

months. In the interim, all efforts are channelized towards finding his family. In case it is untraceable

or non-restorable, the concerned boy is referred to a suitable long stay home.

During the short stay period, each boy is given the opportunity to enjoy his basic rights to food,

education, shelter, and safety. They can relish the innocence of childhood through the innumerable

activities carried out by Asra team to keep them engaged. Non Formal Education (NFE) classes are

taken and all boys are provided medical and health care and four meals a day.

Annual Tour of Aasra shelter for boys Nainital (Uttrakhand) 2014 -


Date: 20/06/2014 to 27/06/201

Funds raised through global giving helped to send 20 children and 4 staff for a outstation trip to the hills.


We started our journey from Delhi at 10 pm. All bags packed with a lot of excitement in the air., We reached Sat-tal by bus at 8:30 am –  the next morning .

Kids spent all the days playing games painting, boat rides and having fun.


Apr 14, 2014

Seventh of seven races in seven months: Completed

Dear supporters of The Britain-India Marathon Race Challenge,

Our challenge is now complete. On Sunday (6th April) I ran the Blackpool marathon (in gusting headwinds!).This was the 7th of 7 races in 7 months, 5 of which were in India and the other 2 in the UK. My fundraising target of £1500 has been exceeded, and I know that others have also contributed direct to Salaam Baalak Trust. Thank you so much for your incredible support! Your donations will change lives.

Now is the time to take a well-earned few weeks rest! 

Please remember, you can still support this wonderful organisation by donating to http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/projects/the-britain-india-marathon-race-challenge/.

Best wishes,

Jan 6, 2014

A half or a full marathon every month challenge- on track

The challenge of a half or full marathon race a month remains on track. The toughest race of the series was also the first: the Snowdonia marathon in October. A great sense of satisfaction at the end, once the legs had stopped wobbling after all the off road downhill. The task after this was to get back running ready for the November and December races, both of which were half marathons in Delhi. The main one saw all of our running group achieve personal bests in the Airtel Half Marathon, helped a lot by far kinder conditions than in the previous two years.

After a few days rest over Christmas, training is now back in full swing. January and February will see the heat and humidity of races in Mumbai and Goa, and the big finale is the Blackpool marathon in April where I aim to finish in under three and a half hours. I'm yet to find a race in March --- they all stop in India by then due to the mercury rising!

Thanks to all who have contributed so far to fundraising for Salaam Baalak Trust. The total is edging towards the £1000 mark. I went on a walking tour of Old Delhi organised by past beneficiaries of the trust. As well as showing me gems of Old Delhi I haven't encountered before, it re-emphasised the good and much needed work done by the trust.

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