Karen Hilltribe children dance at Monks Cross

York Press: Karen Hilltribe children dance at Monks Cross Karen Hilltribe children dance at Monks Cross

CHILDREN from the Karen Hilltribe danced for shoppers at Monks Cross to help publicise the difficult conditions in remote areas of north west Thailand.

The Karen Hilltribes Trust, a York charity founded by Penelope Worsley, of Heslington, has raised more than £2.5 million to help the Karen people to build a better future. Penelope said the event attracted interest from shoppers and raised the charity’s profile.

“We were very pleased to have the children from Northern Thailand to dance with us.

“We found it a very successful day and I think we were able to recruit people to go and work in Thailand as volunteers.”

Penelope also signed copies of her book Footsteps To The Jungle about how she coped with the death of her son, Richard, who volunteered with the Karen people in a gap year, and how she came to start the charity.

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