THE founder of a Hyde-based charity set up to help people living in the poorest and remote areas of India has been recognised for his work.

John Hunt, of the Lotus Flower Trust, received the Special Recognition for Contribution to Equality Award for 2019 at the Power Brands Global LIFE summit on May 24 in London.

The London International Forum for Equality (LIFE) invited the 78-year-old to receive the award in recognition of his charity work with the trust, which is now in its 10th year.

John said: “I am delighted to receive such recognition on behalf of the Lotus Flower Trust and the children and adults with whom we work in remote India. I hope this opens financial doors for us, both in India and the UK, so we can maximise support for those who desperately need it.”

John has been working in the voluntary sector for more than 27 years.

Over the past 10 years, it has raised more than £1.75 million and funded 60 projects including schools, homes and skills centres, changing the lives of an estimated 10,000 people.

The Lotus Flower Trust funds schools, homes and skill centres for destitute children, women and those with special needs in remote areas of India.

A representative from LIFE, Naveen Chamoli, speaking about John’s work, said: “Your journey is an inspiration for all those seeking success in life. Securing our future on the pillars of faith, courage, immense personal sacrifice and resolute determination, makes you a trustee of our tomorrows.”

Fundraising has been taking place for more projects, including a kitchen and dining room at Nyoma Middle School, Changthang Plain, an artificial glacier in a remote village, and an extension to girls accommodation in Khaltse in Ladakh.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the charity’s work or getting involved with fundraising go to to find out more.