Grant Govan Homes
In keeping with annual tradition, Lady Bevan, patron of the Grant Govan Homes for the elderly hosted a festive coffee morning to help raise funds for the historic old-age home. The highlight of the morning was an ‘imaginative hat contest’, adjudged by Lady Bevan. The British High Commissioner’s residence, venue of the 'Coffee Morning', was a riot of color as Indians and expatriates of different nationalities assembled in elaborate head-gear. Fruit bowls, crow’s nest, overflowing tumblers of beer, and hats studded with dark-chocolate truffles – onlookers had a variety to be amused by.
The other attractions of the day included a charity raffle, a fete with stalls, a tarot table and an elephant stall. These helped raise funds for the Grant Govan Homes for the elderly, an initiative that’s supported by G4S India, a subsidiary of the world’s leading professional security solutions’ company. In addition to representatives from embassies of the Philippines, Japan and USA, among others, the event was well attended by famous Delhi faces including anchor and former model Shivani Wazir Pasricha.
Mr. Ashok Bajpai, MD, G4S India said, “As a group we take great pride in our association with the Grant Govan Homes. It’s heartening to see this charity morning so well attended”. Rupan Sidhu, Director- Corporate Affairs, G4S India, said, “The Grant Govan Homes is a part of our Corporate Social Responsibility. We’re privileged to be associated with it, and I’m hopeful we will raise a substantial amount of funds for its up-keep, this morning.”
Host and patron of Grant Govan Homes, Lady Bevan, who wore a colorful hat with fresh flowers, said “This morning is a nice mix of an Indian mela milieu, with a more traditional English fete. “As the patron of the home, I’m delighted that we’re all having fun while giving the home a helping hand.”
The Grant Govan Memorial Homes (GGMH) was originally started by friends of R.E Grant Govan, following his death in 1940 as a memorial to his charitable life. He was a British entrepreneur and the founding President of the BCCI. The Grant Govan homes are retirement homes for Anglo-Indians with limited means and were inaugurated by Marchioness of Linlithgow, wife of the then Viceroy of India in October 1940. G4S is fully committed to support and assist the communities in which they operate through a variety of means including charitable fund- raising, sponsorship of community projects and voluntary work by employees.