The Friends of Deepalaya together with the Gift Aid


In 1999 Dr. Chris Tuppen, then head of Corporate Social Responsibility for BT, whilst investigating the role of how a telecomms company can play a role in the global society, visited Deepalaya. He found an organization founded by professional people who had given up relatively well-paid jobs to help poor and deprived children in the city’s slums. With minimum resources they were running schools, rescuing street kids, integrating children with handicaps into mainstream life and bringing entrepreneurial skills to older children in innovative and self-sustaining ways. He was impressed by what he saw and returned to the UK determined to do something positive for the organization.

Deepalaya Dinner Dance September 1999

A gala charity ball was held in a marquee in Chris’s back garden which raised over £4000.00. Deepalaya paid the amount into an investment fund to support the teaching of ten secondary school children per year for perpetuity. But it became clear that there was a need for ongoing support and the idea for a UK charity dedicated to supporting Deepalaya’s work was considered.

Today this activity is provided by The Friends of Deepalaya.


The Friends of Deepalaya


Gaston Street

East Bergholt

Colchester CO7 6SD


Registered UK Charity Number : 1094080


Chairman; Dr. Christopher G Tuppen

Treasurer; Mrs Deborah Tuppen

Trustee; Dr. Nicholas Banatvala

Trustee; Mrs Beryl Chalmers




Telephone +44 1206 298675


Our charitable objective is to further the work of Deepalaya throughout the United Kingdom by offering support and fundraising activities.



The Friends of Deepalaya is a registered charity with United Kingdom H M Revenue & Customs for tax purposes and makes Gift Aid applications where appropriate. It will request donors/sponsors to complete the attached Gift Aid Declaration. Further details regarding this scheme can be found here

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Donations can be accepted at BtMyDonate and details can be found here



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Global CSR Excellence & Leadership award presented by ABP News to Deepalaya