Read our 2023 newsletter

Reflections from our chair, perspectives from a trustee’s visit to Chennai, children’s excitement at space exploration and latest fundraising news. Read all this in our latest newsletter.

Win one of these beautiful prizes!

Buy tickets now for the Batemans Raffle – and give yourself the chance to win one of these three beautiful prizes.  

All prizes come from Kalpa Druma, the renowned heritage arts, crafts and fabric store in Chennai, and will look wonderful in any home.

Prize 1: A beautiful cotton double-sided double bedspread known as a dohar.
The origins of these incredibly comfortable bed covers are rooted in the thought of a warm hug; one that makes you feel grounded and at peace.

Prize 2: A traditional peacock print in rich gold and turquoise.
The national bird of India, the peacock is a symbol of strength, power and prosperity.

Prize 3: A limited edition print of Ganesh.
This print is a modern interpretation of the much-loved Hindu god, Ganesh.


Raffle tickets cost £5 each, or you can increase your chances of winning by taking advantage of our five tickets for £20 offer. Click here to buy tickets.

Entries close on 30 June 2023.

Film captures the joyful spirit of Batemans-Satkaarya

Watch our new Batemans-Satkaarya video, filmed during a recent trustee visit to Chennai.

Monica Augustine, our project director, reflects on how our hostels offer vulnerable children the support and comfort of a second home and family.

It is also a joyful snapshot of the work of our outreach project, which is offering good quality early years education to needy families. The film was edited by the team at Cambridge content marketing agency CPL One Group, which generously provides its expertise for free to support Batemans-Satkaarya.

We hope you will enjoy watching it and do share it with friends and family. If you would like to support the work of Batemans-Satkaarya by sponsoring a child, you can do so here.

Fundraising update

It was off to the races for supporters in Steventon, Oxfordshire, in April.

Trustees Alex and Marion organised a fun Race Night with betting on the horses raising a fantastic £1,300 for Batemans/Satkaarya.

A night at the races is a great fundraising idea and involves using films from past horse races. Attendees place their bets after picking a horse from the list of runners in the programme, whether it’s a particular horse’s name they like or just their favourite number. It’s all good fun and there’s normally one lucky winner from each race during the evening!

Meanwhile, there was another successful morning in Essex when the fourth charity plant and cake sale since Covid lockdown ended was held in the foregrounds of St John’s Church, Chelmsford. The sun shone, the cakes were rapidly snapped up, as were nearly 90 per cent of the plants, and donations to Batemans/Satkaarya raised a total of £675.

More plants and seedlings are coming along well and it is hoped to hold another sale in late August/early September.

Warmth, dedication and generosity of staff “outstanding”

Trustees Amanda Morris-Drake and Becky Sewell have just returned from a very successful visit to Chennai, the first by trustees from the UK since Covid-19.

Amanda, pictured above, reports: “I was very impressed by the care and support provided at both the girls and boys hostels. The warmth, dedication and generosity of the staff is outstanding. They are a wonderful team and it is clear to see that vulnerable children thrive under their care.

“I was impressed by the self esteem the girls had and their wish to do well and lead independent lives. It was clear that ‘Girl Power’ is promoted and very well received. It has been an absolute pleasure to meet everyone who works for the Satkaarya Trust (our sister charity in Chennai) and  the happy smiling faces of the children are a testament to the wonderful work done.”


Book your tickets now for Steventon Spice Lunch!

The 2022 Batemans Spice Lunch with be taking place on Saturday 10 September at 12.30pm at Steventon Village Hall in Oxfordshire.

Hosted by Nick and Mary Thompson, this fundraiser is a great opportunity to hear the latest news from Chennai from Alex Jacob, founder of the Batemans Trust, and enjoy a fabulous homemade curry along with fellow supporters .

Tickets cost £15. To book and pay, please follow this link or download and complete this form.

The full address is: Steventon Village Hall, The Green, Steventon, Oxfordshire OX13 6RR.


August 2022 news update

We have four excellent pieces of news from Chennai.

The licence to run our boys hostel has been renewed for a further three years while, despite all the disruption of the past two years, 100 per cent of the girls and boys who sat their end-of-year standard exams were successful. Those who finished 12th standard are applying to go to higher education.

On the staff front we have appointed a new assistant warden and a social worker, who is currently researching educational needs as part of our planning for outreach work in Sendrambakkam while we wait for the school to be built.

The picture above shows some of our children getting ready for their first day of term earlier this summer.



Legacies boost funds

We regret to announce the recent death of Ray Bissill and extend our condolences to his family. Ray had visited Satkaarya and our children in Chennai and has proved, with his family, a stalwart supporter of our work for many years. We were stunned, delighted and a little overwhelmed to learn that Ray has bequeathed £50,000 to Batemans.

This follows on from a donation from the estate of Mary Stark. Mary left some of her estate to her good neighbour and regular Batemans supporter, Chris Glover. He used the unexpected legacy to make a generous donation of £25,000 to Batemans.





Truck festival catering beats the £10,000 mark!

The Batemans catering stall was once more on the frontline in July at Steventon’s Truck festival, described as the Godfather of the small music festival.

It certainly proved a godfather to Batemans, delivering a profit of more than £10,500, the largest amount we have ever raised from the event.

Dozens of people worked shifts over four days to run the Batemans stall – a fantastic effort led by trustees Alex Jacob and Marion Mills.

Here’s Alex’s catchy summary of everyone’s efforts.

“At least 40 volunteers plus 10 younger ones who mucked in too!
Choppers and stirrers, can openers and sautiers with me (Alex) in in the hall
Servers, payment-takers, rice and potato cookers and temp testers and washer-uppers at the stall
Wagon-pullers to transport the food
and sandwich board wearers!
Child and dog minders
Cooking for 10 – 11 hours for 4 days
Serving for 10 hours a day plus setting up and clearing away
Every volunteer did a 3-hour shift for at least 3 days – about  8-10 people on each shift
Crazy  – but worth it!”