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British Deputy High Commissioner's wife to go on Dandi March
A teacher and social activist Jill Beckingham has decided to walk on the route Mahatma Gandhi travelled eighty years ago to raise funds for leprosy patients.
TAKING CUE from the famous Dandi March which was led by Mahatma Gandhi in 1930, after a span of eighty years, a British social activist has got inspired by it, but for a different cause. Jill Beckingham, the sixty year old wife of British Deputy High Commissioner (Western India) is planning to walk next month to raise funds for a charity that she supports.

Jill Beckingham is associated with social work in Mumbai. The money raised during Jill’s adaptation of Dandi march will be used for the welfare of leprosy patients, tribals, hearing impaired as well as for a school next to a garbage dump in Mumbai.

Jill has already walked a distance of 60 miles (96.56 km) from London to Brighton in order to raise money. On the advice of some of the volunteers working in Vadodara, she decided to take up the cause of leprosy patients. Dandi was chosen on account of its historical importance said the Deputy High Commissioner.
Jill is a specialist in helping children with reading difficulties. She is also the Patron of the Philippine Community Fund, helping children on dump-sites, and has also taught abused girls in Manila.
Mahatma Gandhi had led the historic Dandi march at the age of 61. He walked 390 kilometres from Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad on March 12, 1930 and reached to the coastal town of Dandi in south Gujarat near Navsari after 14 days. Jill would begin her march on 18th November when the atmosphere in this region remains moderately cool and pleasant.
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