The Gareth Heard Memorial Fund


We want to mention the phenomenal efforts of the colleagues, friends and relatives of Gareth Heard, previously one of our supporters and fundraisers, who sadly died over a year ago.

The trustees, in conjunction with his family, have been considering a lasting way to commemorate his life. We are very honoured and touched that his friends and family have chosen to do so in the area of Ranebennur.

The plan is to build a Community Centre in the village of Honnatti, near Ranebennur. The Centre will be used to host educational events for the community and surrounding villages, and for functions such as marriages and meetings of village elders etc. The aim is for the use of the hall to be flexible and provide a much-needed indoor space for the community to come together and discuss what is important to them.

We are delighted to say that a substantial amount of the funds needed for this project have already been made through the amazing fundraising efforts of Gareth’s family, friends and colleagues – over £6500 of  the £10000 needed.

We are now in a position to begin the construction of the hall and will keep you updated regularly.


***Fundraising for the GHMF Community Centre project is separate from the general fundraising for other projects supported by the Trust. In addition the gift aid from money raised for the GHMF will be added to that specific project.



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Namascara and Welcome.

Ranebennur Trust is a charity that was started in 2006 by a group of friends, one of whom grew up in a small village in Ranebennur Taluk (district), South India.

It’s a beautiful place – the warmth of the people here is second to none (though perhaps we are a bit biased).

We set up the charity to offer more opportunities to the people of villages and towns in Ranebennur Taluk. We work on an ever-growing range of projects throughout the year.

By providing school uniforms and meals, for example, we hope to encourage more parents to send their children to local schools. Some of these children are now attending university, using funds raised by the trust. Through the money you have raised we have set up adult vocational skills workshops and creches too.

We have a very personal connection and commitment to the area we work in and ensure that 100% of all donations go straight to those who need them.

The Ranebennur Trust is a UK registered charity (number 1117753).

Fifth anniversary celebrations


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A massive thank you to everyone who came to our 5th year anniversary celebrations. We are very happy we had the chance to say a heart-felt thank you to all those who have helped the work of the trust and are grateful to have received new donations too.

We are very thankful to everyone who turned up – particularly on such a rainy Saturday afternoon. We hope you enjoyed the dancing, food and had a chance to look around the stalls.

We will be posting pictures soon!