Father and son complete cycle in aid of Indian street children

PUBLISHED: 11:00 11 August 2017

Andrew and Sam Newton who cycled 70 miles to raise money for Future Hope.

Andrew and Sam Newton who cycled 70 miles to raise money for Future Hope.

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A father and son completed a cycling challenge in record time to raise money for children in an Indian slum.

Andrew and Sam Newton from Shipham took on the Somerset 360s Challenge which involved cycling 70 miles, walking 15 miles and climbing six hills to visit all six of the 360 degree viewpoints in Somerset.

The duo completed the challenge in a record-breaking time of 10 hours and 15 minutes.

Andrew and Sam signed up for the feat to raise money for a charity which cares for street children and children living in the slums in Kolkata, India.

Future Hope provides schools, homes and a medical programme to help the vulnerable youngsters.

Tim Grandage, the chairman of the board of trustees for Future Hope India, founded the charity to help children in the rapidly growing capital city of West Bengal.

Talking about the challenges the children face on a daily basis, he said: “Every night children sleep alone on the streets and around the city’s main stations.

“Many are ill, most suffer serious forms of exploitation and all are extremely vulnerable.

“Future Hope works to change the lives of these destitute children and help them to become independent, self-supporting members of society.”

Andrew and Sam have both spent time volunteering at Future Hope and they were determined to raise funds for the charity as part of its fundraising campaign to mark its 30th anniversary.

The fundraising drive is called Curry 4 Kolkata Kids and is centred on supporting the provision of food to the children who are looked after by Future Hope.

The charity is encouraging people to host their own curry event to raise money for the charity.

To find out more about the champaign and the work of Future Hope, visit www.futurehope.net 
People can also still sponsor Andrew and Sam at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/andrew-and-sam-newton-somerset360s

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