2017 · ISSUE 6
In 2000, Patrick Baddeley (OD 1967)
and his late daughter Katie (2002), were
members of a group of 45 pupils, parents
and staff from the Dragon who went out
to Kolkata to spend two weeks to play
and work with former street children in
the care of Tim Grandag, the founder of
children’s charity, Future Hope.
Patrick retired at the end of 2015.
On 2 October 2016, he started walking
from Kanya Kumari, at the very
southern tip of India, up the east coast
to Kolkata. He arrived in Kolkata on 24
February 2017, having covered in excess
of 2,500 kilometres. The walk, dubbed
the K Walk in memory of Katie, raised
over £12,000 for Future Hope.
Patrick and his family have
supported Future Hope ever since.
Patrick’s wife, Lucy, (Staff 2000-2008)
whom he met at the Dragon, is the
sister of ODs Tom, Martyn, Brian
and Owen Lloyd. His nephew, Robin
(son of Tim Baddeley (1969)), and his
daughter, Bubble (2007), have worked
as volunteers at Future Hope.
Dragons bring hope to the
street children of Kolkata
What is your ambition now?
Next year we are opening a project in Port
Elizabeth, in East London and in a small
town in Liberia. Our ambition is to go
global, targeting post-conflict countries.
What influence has the Dragon had
on your career?
When I was 12, I went on a Dragon trip
which exposed me to a different society
and an appreciation that our situation was
not the norm. At school, we were always
encouraged to use our education to do
something a little more creative and to
give back to society. I think this rubbed off
on many of us – my trustees are Dragons:
Danny Gill, Tim Vaines, Simon John and
Mark Wingfield Digby.
What memories do you have of
The Bunbreak scrabble for biscuits –
you had to be fit to get them! Sport was huge
for me and I have vivid memories of Sports
Days. I remember the trips to the Cevennes
and, of course, the teachers.
What advice would you give to
If you want to set up a charity, just give it a
go. Don’t wait for funding. Don’t over-think
and over-worry. If you try to get all your
ducks in a row, you’ll never start.
As a result of our on-going
relationship with the charity, Jeeban
Bose, a former street child who spent
his childhood years at Future Hope,
became a ‘Stooge’ (Assistant Teacher)
at the Dragon for a year. He has gone
on to build a family of his own and a
successful career working in schools
Future Hope, based in Kolkata,
provides a safe home and a loving
family environment for about
350 children. By the end of 2017,
Future Hope will have worked with
750 young people with the aim of
breaking the poverty cycle through
the provision of outstanding pastoral
care, as well as providing healthcare
and excellence in education through
The Dragon continues to support
Future Hope through sales of Café
Dragon Tea from the Behora Estate
in India, part of the Ethical Tea