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UK's Asian family raises money for India

The bereaved family of Harpreet S Kulur who was died tragically has raised #4,000 in his memory for a home named Pingalwara in Amritsar.
None | By Nabanita Sircar, London
PUBLISHED ON MAR 23, 2006 08:40 PM IST

His life was tragically cut short, but it spurred his family to raise funds for the insane and terminally ill in India.

The bereaved family of Harpreet Singh Kulur who was killed crossing the road has raised more than £4,000 in his memory for a home named Pingalwara in Amritsar.

Ujjal Singh Kular, father of the deceased, has returned from Amritsar after handing over the money.

Two years ago 24-year old Harpreet, a checkout operator at Asda, was knocked down by a car crossing the road in Southall, London. He died two days later at the Royal London Hospital.

Determined his life did not go to waste, his family and 32 friends participated in a sponsored cycle ride from Thorpe Marriott to Reepham in his memory in September and raised cash for the Pingalwara home.

The event was organised by the Norfolk and Norwich Sikh Society, of which Ujjal Singh Kular is president.

The 55-year-old was delighted by the numbers that took part in the cycle ride. Owner of the motoring school, Kulur, during a visit to India, found "that there were so many children and women there that needed help."

Talking about the home, he said, "If they did not have this home they would be sleeping on the streets. There was a former policewoman in there. Her brothers kicked her out when their father died and it affected her mentally and she now suffers from depression. There are lots of people in India who don't have the money to look after mentally ill relatives. There is a section where people can get artificial limbs and two children who are joined at the hip.

"I found it very touching. It makes you realise how fortunate we are that we lead normal lives They were very thankful especially as when you convert our money into rupees it is a lot of money."

The donation of more than £4,000 will be used to fund a new ward, and there could be more cash to come from the fundraising family. Kulur plans to do another similar event later this year for the orphanage. "We would like to make it a regular thing," he said.

Immediately after Harpreet's death his family opened a fund in his memory and raised £3,500 for the Royal London Hospital where he was treated.

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