A BARNSLEY man is raising money to help fund a trip to India where he will spend several months trying to help one of the country's poorest communities. 

As part of a youth-empowerment and development project, Kyran Hopwood will spend three months in the poorest areas of rural Rajasthan, where locals suffer from poverty, malnutrition, and a lack of access to clean water. 

While he is in Rajasthan, Kyran will be living with a local family, working full time for a wage equal to those in the community.

During his stay, Kyran hopes to help tackle issues such as health, gender, education and livelihoods.

To raise money for the trip, Kyran will complete a sponsored Skydive, as well as a few other smaller fundraising activites, including a Battle of the Bands.

He said: "I know that things are getting pretty rough here in the UK recently, but our issues still pale in comparison to the lives that are led by so many millions of oppressed and empoverished people around the globe.

"I whole-heartedly believe that money does not buy happiness, but if you are so poor you cannot afford to eat or get access to water, then it becomes an issue because human's cannot thrive or develop whilst in a state of survival.

"I am not expecting to change the world. But I will make a difference to a community that needs it."

To read more of Kyran's story and to donate, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Kyran-Hopwood?utm_source=facebook