The Sunny Trust

Fr Sunny

2019 News

Niki and Ruth Davies and Rose West are travelling to visit Fr Sunny in Garo Hills, India from 13th to 28th November 2019.

Ruth will be interviewing staff and Self Help Group members as part of her Masters in Religions and Global Development.

Here is the link to their diary: Garo Hills Diary 2019

(Now includes photos)


Fr Sunny made a brief visit to the parish on 30th June/1st July 2019

Fr Sunny concelebrated Mass at the 10.00 am St Wulstans service on
Sunday 30th June, and again at 10.00 am Mass on Monday 1st July.  
He attended the Monday Club coffee morning after Mass making himself available
to meet parishioners and talk about the latest news of his work and the
work of the Sunny Trust (see photos below).


Archive News 2018

Niki Davis and Rose West flew out to Garo Hills in India on Friday 2nd March for a two week visit which included a celebration of International Women’s Day on Thursday 8th March in Tura where Niki gave an address to a 4,000 strong crowd .  They also visited, and stayed in, some of the Primary Health Centres that your money helps to run. You can read about their adventures, and see photos, in Niki’s Garo Hills Diary blog.


On Friday 16th February Niki Davies and Anne Booth received a cheque for £500.00 for the Sunny Trust from Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College, Worcester. The money was raised from donations for refreshments received at the ‘Wizard of Oz’ performances in January.  Anne and Niki were able to attend Friday Mass and after the blessing, accept the cheque from Father Andrew Berry O.S.B the College Chaplain.

Lee James, Fr Andrew Berry and pupils from Blessed Edward Oldcorne with Niki and Anne

Article by Lee James, Head of Religious Education,
Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College


Archive News 2017

Fr Sunny is back in India after his visit to the parish during December 2017.

He is hopeful of returning to see us again next Summer, 2018

Thank you for all your fund raising efforts, and your prayers, on behalf of the Sunny Trust.


Fr Sunny will be with us in the parish over the weekend of 2nd/3rd December 2017

It is a very brief visit following a trip to Rome on a conference addressing Global Health Inequalities where he concelebrated Mass with the Holy Father Pope Francis.

Fr Sunny’s Itinerary while here

    Friday 1st December:   Jim Friar Memorial Quiz, The George, 7.30 pm

    Saturday 2nd December: Concelebrating 5.30 pm Mass at St Wulstan's

    Sunday 3rd December:   Concelebrating 8.00 am Mass at Holy Family

               Concelebrating 10.00 am Mass at St Wulstan's


    Monday 4th December:  Monday Club Christmas Lunch 12 noon, Brinton Arms


The Telegraph India

 Monday 6 November 2017

In an effort to alleviate nutritional deficiency among lactating women, children and the elderly, the Meghalaya government has set in motion a nutritional security programme.

Launched by chief minister Mukul Sangma on Saturday in Dalu of West Garo Hills district, the programme will introduce backyard kuroiler (hybrid chicken) farming under the state's livestock mission.

 Fr Sunny (left) looks on as Chief Minister Mukul Sangma (right) presents the Chickens

As part of the launch, Sangma distributed nutritional packages comprising five three-month-old kuroilers and 8kg of feed for lactating and single mothers at the Bakdil Krimkro Federation Centre in Upper Bamonpara at Dalu.

Speaking about the high incidence of nutritional deficiency amongst mothers, children and the aged of the state, Sangma said the government is trying to alleviate the problem through sustainable initiatives.

Apart from the nutritional security programme through backyard kuroilers farming, Mukul said the government has initiated a scheme where initially 40,000 families would benefit from piggery under the livestock mission.

The India Health Report on Nutrition, 2015, which surveyed under-nutrition in India, has put the prevalence of stunting of children under five years of age as being rampant in Meghalaya (42.9 per cent) against the national average of 38.7 per cent.

The government had earlier stated that nutrition security was being addressed by providing a mixed diet in the midday meal basket, which lacks non-vegetarian.

Mukul also released a publication containing the achievements of the Bakdil Krimkro Self-Help Group Federation and unveiled a plaque commemorating the launch of the nutritional security programme.

He congratulated Bakdil, an NGO based in the Garo Hills, for spearheading the movement to achieve self-dependency through entrepreneurship and by the formation of self-help groups.

January 2017

Niki and Rose have arrived back safely from their adventures in Garo Hills. This year's trip was the busiest yet and included Fr. Sunny's Jubilee Celebration, visits to the Bakdil run Primary Health Centres, Self Help Group Product Sales and Celebrations, inaugurating the new kitchen at the Dalu Federation building and an overnight stay in a very remote village! See the story of their trip through the links below.

Download Niki and Rose's Itinerery

Niki and Rose's 2017 Garo Hills Diary

Niki and Rose's 2017 Gallery of Photos


2016 Archive News

December 2016

As you know, Fr Sunny has been celebrating his Silver Jubilee this year and the final
event (and the actual anniversary) is on 3rd January. 

Niki Davies and Rose West will be travelling to Garo Hills on 1st January, arriving
just in time for this celebration and staying until 15th January.

While there they will inaugurate a Kitchen and Piggery at BAKDIL’s Dalu
Federation Building and they will also help look for a site for a new Federation
Building in the East Garo Hills - an interior jungle area where there are currently no services. 

This new building will again be funded by our parish donations so keep them coming! 
If anyone has Mass intentions or messages of goodwill for Fr Sunny please see
Niki or Rose (or hand in via the parish office). 

Niki will try to send messages back when she can so keep watching this page to
see her blog.

Fr Sunny's Official Silver Jubilee Celebration

August 2016

Niki Davies and Ann Booth and their families visited Kerala, Fr Sunny’s home state in India, to attend his official Silver Jubilee celebrations in August. They took part in the celebrations, representing our parish, and expressed our best wishes to Fr Sunny and all his family and friends.

We have received a few photos (see below). If you wish to send Fr Sunny personal greetings you can contact him on

Photos from Niki and Ann at Fr Sunny's Silver Jubilee


A Message from Fr Sunny

As he takes his leave of us for another year,
Fr Sunny has penned this message to all parishioners:

    Dear Friends

    last Sunday's Mass and later the afternoon tea was a memorable event in my life. It was very kind of you, under the leadership of Fr Chris, to have a really solemn celebration with so many of you present. For me it was an opportunity to, thankfully and in prayer, remember you and be united with you. I am sure it is God's hand and His Spirit that has led us so far and has guided you to be generous with the support both in terms of love and affection and money. With the apostle Paul and In humility I wish to tell you that
    "where ever I think of you I pray with joy".



A huge thank you to everyone who supported the Midsummer Music in the Garden event.  The weather was perfect and everyone enjoyed a relaxing afternoon and evening of high quality entertainment.  Thanks to everyone's generosity a total of £3,500 was raised, to be shared between our two chosen charities:  The Sunny Trust and Cystic Fibrosis Care.


Archive News from 2015

Read Helen, Niki and Rose's Garo Hills Diary 2015
From their November /December 2015 visit

Fr Sunny's Stourport Diary

Our official welcome on Thursday 25th June 2015, 7.00 pm at St Wulstan's Church went very well with many old friends and Sunny Trust supporters in attendance.  Fr Sunny gave an illustrated talk on the recent work of BAKDIL, the social development organisation he heads in the Garo Hills. It is amazing to see the size of this operation now, which supports 200 villages in the area providing them with self help, helth care and skills to set up small farming structures and to sell their products. The Indian government and other organisations actively seek the help of BAKDIL to provide government funded, locally run, programmes in the area.

Since he arrived Fr Sunny has helped concelebrate Masses in the parish, including a very successful Healing Mass for sick parishioners last Wednesday.

He was with us for the Family Mass on 5th July and at the BBQ immediately afterwards.  He said Masses in the parish while Fr Chris was away on retreat, and visited the school at Hagley. After a break to go on holiday to Europe with his brothers and their families he returned to Stourport on Monday 20th July.  He celebrated house Masses during the week as well as the main Mass at Bewdley and Stourport on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Friday evening, 24th July, was our big Farewell Celebration in the form of a shared table Curry Night.  Many of you demonstrated your skills at making Curry.  

Fr Sunny flew home on Sunday 26th July but not before he had celebrated all the Masses that weekend and updated us on his vital work at home in the Garo Hills, including how his organisation, BAKDIL, has grown over the last 10 years and how The Sunny Trust has supported that growth at critical times.

Donations during Fr Sunny’s visit totalled £681.00, plus £400.00 from Hagley High Non-uniform day.  The special collection at Masses came to £1126.87, a great effort by everyone which will be put to very good use by the Sunny Trust.

Fr Sunny is now safely back in the Garo Hills where he says it is very hot.  He really enjoyed his trip, seeing so many familiar friends and making some new ones.  He says it was a very memorable visit.

If you would like to know more about, and see photos of, the many Social Care projects that Fr Sunny runs you can follow his work on the BAKDIL Facebook page.

If you would like to make a regular donation please see the Sunny Trust web site about setting up a standing order or speak to Niki Davies on 07909 564 323.



Older Information

Christmas Message from Fr Sunny

Dear Friends,

I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a blessed New Year for 2015.

Thank you for your support during the year 2014, especially the support raised for the flood victims. 

I will offer my midnight worship for all of you during the midnight of 31st December 2014.

God Bless you all.


Fr Sunny celebrates Mass in Garo Hills


What a great response from everyone to our Flood Disaster Appeal.
We collected £1811.11 which we will send straight off to help with clean up and repair work and to aid people most in need. 
Fr Sunny has sent some photos of his staff at Bakdil hard at work delivering medical assistance, food and blankets.
This money will come as a great boost to them. Thank you.


Message from Fr Sunny 24th September 2014
about recent Flooding in Garo Hills

News Release about Flooding in Garo Hills


Even Older Archive News

March 2014

Fundraising Event:

Sunny Trust St Patrick’s Show:

 Thank you to all who came along to a very enjoyable event.
A total of £435.00 was raised towards the Fr Sunny Tractor Appeal.
Well done!

 Easter Raffle

 Please remember to purchase raffle tickets for the Easter Raffle
Great Easter Egg prizes.
Tickets are 50p each or £5.00 for a book of 10
Draw to be made Easter Sunday


February 2014 News

Successful Three Day Leadership Training Programme

State Bank of India donates an Ambulance

Unrest in the region causes problems for Bakdil while
Fr Sunny issues request for funding for a tractor


December 2013 News

A self help group in the Dalu parish has used Sunny Trust funds
to finance a chicken farm with 1000 chickens

see our money in action

Other news from The Sunny Trust:

This week (Sept 2013) I have sent Bakdil £16,500 to complete payment on the latest Grant to build 2 Community Centres and support 200 families in Self Help Groups set up income generating businesses such as Dairy farming, Piggery, Weaving, Agriculture etc. The total cost for this project was £40,000. Thank you to all of you who contribute so generously to the Sunny Trust.

As you can see from Fr. Sunny’s email (below), things are not so good in Garo Hills. There is a lot of unrest between the various tribes and the increasing number of immigrants. This is hampering people’s ability to live even in the simplest of ways. Please pray for peace in the area and for Fr. Sunny and his staff as they continue to carry out their work to the best of their abilities in very stressful circumstances.

Thank you all for your continued support.


Wednesday 18th September 2013


Dear Niki,  

I had sent you a text message yesterday asking you to send the money. I am not sure if you got my message as we are in retreat.

Here the situation is very volatile with demands being raised for a separate state and for the Inner Line Permit to travel to Garo Hills.

Almost there are strikes and road blocks every day. A section of the local clergy may feel that we who are by birth from Kerala may need Inner Line Permit.

But the poor people are the worst affected by all these difficulties and problems as they cannot do their work, weekly markets do not take place and they are not able to conduct sale of their products.

Today the Chief Minister is supposed to come to the Bakdil Training Centre to inaugurate one programme. A portion of the centre is being given on lease to State Bank of India to conduct trainings for the unemployed youth. So I came away during the retreat just for the day.  

I do pray for you all Niki.


Tuesday 17th September 2013


Please continue to pray for Fr Sunny and also for the work of Bakdil.

Read Niki and Helen's 2012 Garo Hills Diary 
Read Fr Stephen's 2013 Garo Hills Diary
     Visit the Sunny Trust Website
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