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Scotland, Edinburgh, March, 2017
Coffee Morning for GPH
In March Kay Hush of Edinburgh held a coffee morning with her yoga students in aid of Ganga Prem Hospice.




“I heard about Gangaprem from my yoga teacher Jenny Beeken and I decided to organise a coffee morning to raise funds to support the work you do there.
I teach yoga so asked all my students along. I had a fantastic turnout - 24 came along for coffee, cake and chat. Attached are a couple of photos taken by one of my students. That's me in the green top with Barbara another yogini at the back. 

I received many donations for raffle prizes and altogether we raised £420.  I transferred this sum into the Gangaprem bank account and it couldn't have been easier.

I hope to run another coffee morning at a later date.

Very best wishes to all at Gangaprem.”

Thank you Kay!




Italy, Ventimiglia, March 19th, 2017
Yoga and Cookie Fundraiser
On the 19th of March, Debora Roggeri, a long-time supporter of GPH organized a morning Hatha yoga class and bake sale fundraising event in Ventimiglia, Italy.


After the class she answered questions about the practice of yoga and described some of her experiences in India. Twenty four enthusiastic participants donated a total of 425 Euro to support the ongoing work of the hospice. They were touched and inspired to see pictures of the hospice over the last seven years, culminating with images of the new residential facility opening ceremony last month. Debora would like to thank everyone who contributed, including the owner of the Pramiti yoga studio who offered the space free of charge for this event. 




Switzerland, Vevey, 4th January, 2017
Hatha Yoga Class for GPH 
Fabien Parker raised 130 Euros for Ganga Prem Hospice by leading a charitable yoga session in Vevey on the 4th January.




Germany, Leipzig/Delitzsch, 2016
Hatha Yoga Classes Raise Funds
Students of Hatha Yoga classes in Leipzig and Delitzsch (East Germany) have donated 1.050 Euro raised for Ganga Prem Hospice during 2016.




Different groups of Hatha Yoga practitioners meet regularly once a week to enjoy 90 minute lessons together. Many of them also join the yoga retreats offered 4 times a year. There they increase their own spiritual progress through intensive practice of Hatha Yoga, kirtan and meditation. In this peaceful secluded place they also have talks about ordinary life as well as spiritual questions.

The example of Ganga Prem Hospice and their way of working touched many of the students deeply. They supported the hospice work by donating money and buying products from  The First Leaf company.




UK, North Wales, December, 2016
Yoga and Chant in Wales
This month friends and supporters of Ganga Prem Hospice organized a pre-Christmas fundraising event in Wales, England.

Twenty-two people gathered together in the spirit of the holiday season for a friendly evening of yoga and chant. After one hour of gentle candle-lit yoga, participants joined their voices together in bhajans and kirtan, listened to an instrumental performance, and enjoyed a short poetry reading. The evening concluded with refreshments and cake. In total 100 was donated to Ganga Prem Hospice.  




UK, London, 10th &11th December, 2016
UK GPH Christmas Stall
Over the weekend of December 10th -11th, supporters of Ganga Prem Hospice in the UK sold holiday goods at the Charity Shop Emporium in London to raise funds for the hospice work in India.

The event was organized by Southbank Centre and held at the Royal Festival Hall where the public was invited to shop for gifts, unusual clothes and tasty treats. It presented the perfect opportunity for people to think about the many ways to give during the festive season as many charities came together under one roof.


UK GPH Trustee Julia mans the stall
UK GPH Trustee Julia mans the stall
Warm woolies on sale at the stall
Warm woolies on sale at the stall



Shoppers were entertained by a lovely programme of live music in the Clore Ballroom, including an amazing Gamelan concert on Sunday afternoon. In total, almost 800 was raised to support the hospice in Rishikesh. Special thanks to the Southbank Centre for including Ganga Prem Hospice in this inspiring event! 



SPAIN, Andalucia, 2016
Janda Kirtan Raises Funds for GPH
A group of kirtan musicians from Spain have donated 700 Euro raised during 2016 through donations collected at their kirtan sessions.


Janda Kirtan are a group of musicians who love to sing and spread joy among their audiences in the south of Spain. The musicians play on the harmonium, guitars and vocals and are sometimes joined by other visiting musicians including tabla players. They sing traditional Indian kirtan as well as the translated lyrics and other spiritual songs. Each year they donate the proceeds of their kirtans to a worthy cause and this year Ganga Prem Hospice was the lucky recipient. Thank you Janda Kirtan!




UK, London, 25th September, 2016
Yoga Studio Inauguration
A fundraiser to inaugurate a new yoga studio was organized in London on September 25th by Caroline Tautz of the UK Ganga Prem Hospice Trust.


The new yoga studio
Cooking for the charity lunch



At her new yoga studio near London’s New Cross Gate, Caroline taught a special yoga class focusing on removing obstacles in life. The Hatha Yoga session was followed by a guided meditation led by Swami Saradananda and a delicious charity lunch. The yoga students donated a variety of cakes for dessert. In addition, shawls and socks produced by the Kulla Valley Women’s Collective were sold. In total over 800 was raised for GPH.



BELGIUM, Brussels, 25th September 2016
Charity Indian Dinner in aid of GPH
On Sunday September 25th, the city Sint-Joost (Brussels, Belgium) launched a solidarity lunch from 12:00 till 15:00 to help a project of Eliane Corbeel the Ganga Prem Hospice in Rishikesh, India.

Eliane writes – “About 100 people came for a typical Indian lunch consisting of a dahl, tandoori chicken or a vegetarian meal.  Abdullah, himself Indian, was our great cook of the day, Deepa who is a professional Indian dancer in Belgium surrounded us with a typical Indian atmosphere and we had also a store where people could buy Indian clothes and jewelry; all this with typical Indian music on the background.

The cooking team in the kitchen
Eliane with the India dancer



I explained the project briefly to everyone with some slides and pictures made last year when I visited the hospice myself.

It was a great success due to an unbelievable “solidarity team” that helped to realize a collection of 1.300 Euro for the Ganga Prem hospice project with some extra donations bringing the total to 1.562€. This money will be handed over personally during my holidays in a few weeks.  Eliana is looking forward to be in India again soon and encourages everyone to make a ‘simple’ dream come true.”




SWITZERLAND, Lausanne, 24th September 2016
Hatha Yoga and an Indian Dinner
Dedicated hospice supporters in Switzerland hosted a local fundraising event in September.

On September 24th, Swiss members of Sadhana Yoga, Lausanne, hosted a special two hour Hatha Yoga lesson followed by a delicious Indian meal that was served in a local town park. The eighteen people who attended the event also learned more about GPH and felt gratified to know that their contributions would help terminally ill patients in India to spend their final days in greater peace and comfort. The organizers, Maria and Andrea Rosaria, reported that there were strong feelings of empathy expressed, as coping with cancer is clearly a worldwide challenge. 1500 Swiss Francs were donated to Ganga Prem Hospice.




U.K., New Malden, July 30th, 2016
Annual Garden Party in UK
Gabriele Steen's ninth annual garden party in support of the Ganga Prem Hospice took place on Sat, 30 July under skies that couldn’t decide whether to be cloudy or allow the sun to come through, but it never rained! This year’s event raised over 1000 - with donations still trickling in - bringing the grand total that Gabriele has raised for Ganga Prem Hospice to over 10,000.





Thanks go to the following friends who were instrumental in helping on the day:

  • Nino Di Felice - manned the sales stall - all items were donated
  • Sandy Fox assisted by her mother Wendy, sold raffle tickets
  • Louise Williams gave facial rejuvenation treatments
  • Kasia Erdmann gave reflexology treatments
  • Bryan Avery took photos and helped with the catering
  • Swami Saradananda gave a talk on mudras
  • …. and, of course, thanks to the many people who made the delicious cakes
Friends and students of Gabriele came and went throughout the afternoon. Many of them just enjoyed sitting in the garden - the lavender plants were in full bloom, giving off a peaceful scent. Others partook of the ‘taster’ treatment sessions and the talk on ‘mudras’ - all offered for a donation. There were a number of raffle winners - all prizes had been donated.

Special thanks to Gabriele and her team for an enjoyable day - and for the fundraising efforts.




U.K., Devon, July 22nd -24th, 2016
Devon Yoga Festival Summer Sangha
A huge thanks to everyone who attended this year's marvelous Devon Yoga Festival Summer Sangha!

This year the annual event, that celebrates and embraces the holistic practices of yoga,took place over the weekend of July 22-24 and was attended by yoga enthusiasts from around the country. The non-for-profit, non-commercial Festival splits its proceeds between two charities: Ganga Prem Hospice and the Glacier Trust. The exact amount will be known in a few days when the amazing Festival Team (Duncan, Jules and James) finish counting up.


A yoga class at the festival
A yoga class at the festival
Satsang at the yoga festival
Satsang at the yoga festival



In addition to the Festival Team, the astounding array of remarkable teachers who kindly donated their time free of charge included Saghar Amozgar, Alice Chapman, Michelle Levi, Helen Humble, Andrea Durant, Sally Ornellas, Jo Hamilton, Kara Hulin, Tanja Bartlett, Chris Clayton Jones and Hillary Bee, who closed the first day with a relaxing yet invigorating ‘Gong Bath’. DrMikel Burley, Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy at the University of Leeds discussed some philosophical questions about yoga meditation. Barry Elms helped to put the philosophy into historical perspective – and led the rousing kirtan on Saturday evening.

Uma and NirliptaTuli led Yoga Nidra and spoke about “a Celtic approach to yoga”.  Gretchen Faust started Sunday morning of with an eye-opening practice from Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga); Swami Saradananda spoke about Chakras, Mudras and introduced Festival participants to the work of Ganga Prem Hospice.

The weather was ideal; our venue (Rill Estate) was the perfect place. The staff cooked the most astonishing gourmet vegetarian food - and there was always an equally fantastic vegan option.


Dinner at the Yoga festival
Dinner at the Yoga festival
Yoga class in the estate garden
Yoga class in the estate garden



Thanks again to Duncan, Jules and James for your efforts in putting together this incredible event. We are already looking forward to next year’s Festival.

Put the dates in your diary: July 14-16, 2017 – and book early! The annual Devon Yoga Festival is always set in an idyllic location – and the limited places are taken early.




Switzerland, Vevey, April- June- twice monthly, 2016
Meditation Sessions as Fundraisers
Dr Dominique Cassidy continued to hold meditation sessions at the Aikido Vevey in Vevey, Switzerland. An average of 10 to 15 people attend the sessions which are held twice monthly. Donations made by the participants are sent regularly to support the Ganga Prem hospice work in Rishikesh.




BELGIUM, Ternat, 29th May 2016
Charity Indian Dinner in aid of GPH
The Board of Kurukshetra VZW organised an Indian Dinner for approximately 200 people in Ternat, Belgium on Sunday the 29th May.

Cooking the meal
Cooking the meal
Guests enjoy the meal
Guests enjoy the meal



The Board of the Belgium organization Kurukshetra VZW, of which GPH supporters Sri Dinesh and Prabhat are members, decided a few months ago that the revenues of this special dinner would be used to support the marvellous project “Ganga Prem Hospice”. Organisers handed out flyers to the guests who had each paid 15 Euros to attend the dinner. A film of the (construction of the) inpatient facility hospice and of the present day services to the patients was shown to the guests as was a slideshow on the pc with the same content. All the board members and several volunteers did the kitchen work and served the guests. The guests responded very enthusiastically and the Board dares to say that the dinner was a great success raising over 3,500 Euros.




ITALY, San Michele All'Adige (TN), October 2015 to May 2016
Yoga Classes in aid of GPH
Yoga classes led by Paula Lucchi of San Michele All’Adige were attended by about one dozen people throughout the winter and raised Euro 450 for Ganga Prem Hospice.




INDIA, Rishikesh, 9th April, 2016
GPH Charity Concert ‘Soul Sangeet’
‘Aumbience’, led by Nada Yogi Shivam Rath, performed a charity concert for Ganga Prem Hospice on the evening of Saturday 9th April.




About fifty people attended a charity concert for Ganga Prem Hospice held at the Anand Prakash Yogashram on the 9th of April, 2016. The concert, ‘Soul Sangeet,’ was presented by a group called Aumbience, led by Shivam Rath on the chaturangui (Indian slide guitar) with Mico Medha on vocals and harmonium, and Shyam Kishore on bansuri. Aumbience presents a fusion of traditional Indian music with western harmonies. The use of the yoga hall and the services of the ashram staff were kindly donated by Yogrishi Vishwaketuji, and logistics were handled by Menakshi Goenka and Yogi YumYum. Sri Pankaj Dawan provided the refreshments and Organic India provided free tea samples.

The audience listen to Aumbience
The audience listen to Aumbience
Fundraising stall at the concert
Fundraising stall at the concert
Guests at the concert included GPH supporters, volunteers, staff and patients from both Rishikesh and Haridwar. GPH ambulances provided a pick-up and drop-off service for the patients and their caregivers who attended the concert. The concert started at 6.30 pm and lasted two hours, with a 15 minute tea and refreshment break half way through the performance.


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