Christmas party welcomes home a £10,000 fund-raiser

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THE founder of a Bury St Edmunds language school, who took part in a fund-raising car rally across India, has arrived home.

Patrick Murphy, director of BLS English, drove 2,400km across arid deserts, through crowded cities and remote jungles and up high mountains during November’s two- week Karma Enduro event.

He said: “You have to be on your guard at all times whether you are driving through a town or the jungle. One can come into contact with elephants, water buffalo, cows, children, big holes in the road, steep hill climbs with slippery mud and local drivers who are more conversant with their method of driving than we are”.

He drove for 95 hours through some of the most difficult terrain in southern India in a 1950s Hindustan Ambassador, decorated with the logos of businesses in Bury who sponsored him. Impressively, his car had more sponsorship stickers than the other 23 participants.

“It was a fantastic experience, very hard work but great fun – I’d do it again,” he said.”

He arrived home in time for the BLS Christmas party at LP, in Bury, where a raffle with impressive prizes helped his fund-raising total to reach £10,000.

The money raised will go to two charities – Adventure Ashram, which helps poor people in India achieve a higher standard of living, and the The Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity, which provides support to families whose child has a life threatening or terminal illness.