Bobby began his first charitable work in 2001 when he ran the London Marathon aged 66 raising several thousand pounds for the National Blind Children’s Society UK, Ealing Hospital, Great Ormond St Children’s Hospital and other needy causes.
On 15th November 2004, Bobby started his Great Charity Walk, a 2,556 mile trek from Amritsar in the north west of India finishing on 14th April 2005 in Kanyakumari in the extreme South. The walk took five months without a break with Bobby passing through nine states. During this time he slept mostly rough on the road under the stars or in a caravan with limited amenities.
During this walk, while in New Delhi, Bobby met with the then President of India, Dr Abdul Kalam Azad at the President’s Palace over a cup of tea. In January while Bobby was walking through Ahmedabad, he met Modi Ji (who was then the Chief Minister of Gujrat) at the kite festival along with Mr C.B. Patel (editor and owner of Asian Voice and Gujarat Samachar).
Bobby raised over £100,000 from the Great Charity Walk. £50,000 was donated to Cancer Research at Northwick Park Institute for Medical Research and £45,000 for HIV Aids Research in conjunction with Oxford University at the same Institute.
In 2008 Bobby started his next fundraising walk when he walked from Parliament to Parliament. On 4th June, Bobby started his trek from Edinburgh ending up five weeks later, on 11th July, at the Speaker’s apartment in the House of Commons, Westminster.
He raised over £100,000, £80,000 of which was donated for Bowel Cancer Research at the St Marks Research Hospital Foundation.
In May 2011, the India Association raised £25,000 for Help for Heroes, a British charity that looks after wounded soldiers and the families of those soldiers who lost their lives in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Other than the institutions mentioned above, during Bobby’s Chairmanship, the India Association has helped to raise money for the following causes:
British Red Cross (for Mozambique flood victims)
The Tsunami Earthquake appeal
Sight Savers International
Imperial Cancer Research (now Cancer Research UK)
Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital
Bihar (India) cyclone relief
Gujarat (India) earthquake relief
Oxfam (Ethiopia emergency appeal)
National Blind Children’s Society
Children with Leukaemia
Cancer Support Unit (New Delhi).
Hillingdon Hospital for premature children
Kerala Foundation for the Blind
Red Cross (Haiti earthquake appeal)
Pakistan Floods disaster
UK Thalassaemia Society
Dental Clinic, Hansali (Punjab).
First Step Foundation
Multiple Sclerosis (Ealing branch)
Adopted 12 children from the Delhi slums at Greeb Nivaj Charity school Delhi
During Bobby’s role as chairman over 40 charities/institutions have been helped by India Association donations.
Bobby is married to Harjeet and they are blessed with two sons and a daughter. His eldest son, Shani, has directed three feature films as well as several prime time TV drama shows. His other son, Han, is an eminent liver transplant surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, USA. His daughter, Mina, graduated from the London School of Economics, has worked in the Cabinet Office and is at present a mother.
Bobby lives in Buckinghamshire and his hobbies include gardening, walking, swimming and socializing along with his passion for charity work through the India Association.