Avnish and Anita Goyal pledge £1 million as new ‘Life Changers Circle’ members

5th August, 2022

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We are delighted to announce that Founder of Hallmark Care Homes, Avnish Goyal CBE and Trustee of the Hallmark Foundation and Hemraj Goyal Foundation, Anita Goyal MBE, have been unveiled as the latest couple to join John Caudwell’s renowned ‘Life Changer’s Circle.’

The Life Changers Circle are a growing international network of humanitarians who have committed £1million to support children living with disability and austism.

Shortly after receiving his CBE, Avnish, alongside his wife Anita, met with John Caudwell in London to discuss becoming part of the Life Changers Circle and furthering their already important legacy of philanthropy through the Hemraj Goyal Foundation.

The Life-Changers Circle was established in 2020 by Mr Caudwell in a bid to create a global network of like-minded philanthropists working together for a common goal. Membership to the network requires a commitment to donate £1million to the charity, Caudwell Children, with 8 inductees already signed up to the generous pledge.

Anita Goyal is an award-winning philanthropist, author and community champion, celebrated for her services to diversity and female empowerment. Born in East London, Anita spent 20 years as teacher before adopting a key role within the Hemraj Goyal Foundation. Inspired by the opportunity to help vulnerable women and children worldwide, Anita left teaching and embarked upon a full-time career in philanthropy. In 2021, she was awarded an MBE for services to diversity and female empowerment, including her life-changing work tackling female genital mutilation, menstrual discrimination, and human trafficking.

John Caudwell said: “My vision for the Life Changers Circle was to bring people together who were at different stages of their philanthropic journey, to learn from each other and enjoy each other’s company. Avnish and Anita have already done so much through their foundations and their work in the care sector, it is a real honour to welcome them to the group. Their commitment to Caudwell Children will ensure thousands of disabled and autistic children have access to vital services for years to come and the opportunity to reach their full potential, we are truly grateful.”

Caudwell Children is a national charity which provides practical and emotional support for autistic and disabled children. Founded in 2000 by John Caudwell, the charity has provided support worth £85million for over 65,000 children with 700 different medical conditions.

In 2019 the charity officially launched the Caudwell International Children’s Centre, the UK’s first independent purpose-built facility for the assessment, support and research of autism.

Avnish Goyal CBE said: “We are delighted that the Hemraj Goyal Foundation is supporting Caudwell Children and its valuable work transforming the lives of disabled children and their families.

“Joining John Caudwell’s Life-Changers Circle will enable us to provide long-term support for the Children’s Centre and build networks with other philanthropists to raise awareness of the Hemraj Goyal Foundation’s own work with children and young people facing disadvantage. Together we are stronger and can do more to improve life for every child and family, now and in the future.”

Membership of The Life-Changers Circle is strictly by invite only but to find out more contact Jo-Ann D’Costa-Manuel by emailing [email protected]