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Meal raises funds for Indian trip

Diners dug deep to help raise cash for MidKent College students who are aiming to improve educational standards in one of India’s poorest regions.

Spice Fusion owner Kiron Haque (front row, third from left) and Tony Truscott (front row, third from right) with Spice Fusion staff and MidKent College students

The £2,200 donated at the charity meal, which was held last week at Spice Fusion in Parkwood, will help pay for the youngsters’ travel to the northern Indian city of Faridabad in November.

The trip is being organised by one of the college’s former heads of faculty, Tony Truscott, who retired in 2012 and has since formed a partnership with ABLE – the Association for Blindness and Leprosy Eradication.

He aims to take the health and childcare students to several schools and community projects run by the charity in Faridabad – about 40 miles south of Delhi.

Tony said: “There’s a desperate need for help in India, especially in terms of healthcare and education. The MidKent College students can provide that help by teaching English and talking to the children about our country.

“They will gain so many life-changing experiences and will be able to offer their own skills to children in the slum areas. They will be totally outside of their comfort zone, gaining first-hand experiences of poverty, hardship and a lack of education for those children in need.”

Tony also thanked Spice Fusion owner Kiron Haque and his staff for all their support.

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For all media enquiries, please contact Steve Knight, Marketing and Communications Officer, on 01634 383277 or email steve.knight@midkent.ac.uk.