A Bedford woman spent her 50th birthday helping poverty-stricken children in India.
Paula Dhanda swapped the presents and parties for volunteering in Kerala, where people still live in poverty.
She volunteered for a month at a local school to help children aged between one year and 16, teaching students English, maths and physical education.
Paula, a bank manager with the TSB in Northampton, said: “Volunteering in Kerala was the most humbling experience. These children had nothing but they were so happy with what little they had. I found it very difficult to say goodbye, but I’ve brought back so many amazing memories.
“Volunteering was a great experience and I met with other volunteers from all over the world who all shared the same love, care and passion for these children.”