‘My resolution to help the poor’

Henry Miller - from Brackley - before his trek in northern India
Henry Miller - from Brackley - before his trek in northern India

A student is putting good deeds and diets to shame with his New Year’s resolution to eradicate world poverty.

Former Royal Latin School pupil Henry Miller, 20, has vowed to donate 10 per cent of future earnings to charity and he wants students to follow his lead.

Henry Miller - from Brackley - who is going on a trek in northern India PNL-140723-155846009

Henry Miller - from Brackley - who is going on a trek in northern India PNL-140723-155846009

The Take The Pledge campaign began at Cambridge University - where Henry is studying to become a vet - and has already received 750 vows for 60 charities - estimated to be worth £13 million.

But he hopes to spread the word, ‘normalise charitable giving’ and build a ‘reliable’ cash flow which can wipe out poverty.

Henry, who lives in Pavillons Way, Brackley, explained the pledge has united students from as far as the USA and India.

He said: “If you can pledge to make a difference before you actually have the money, you are never going to miss the money.

“People are thinking about New Year’s resolutions, making a new start, and with this you can really make a difference in a cost effective manner.”

Henry was inspired to join the Cambridge University campaign after trekking through a former war-zone in the Himalayas this summer.

His six-week adventure included speaking to Zanskar villagers who were forced to relocate closer to the river they need for drinking water.

Henry said: “It was really eye-opening and completely different to anything I have done before.

“I made lots of good friends but I was pleased to have a proper shower and some food when I was home.”

Henry wants young people to join the pledge and make the perfect New Year’s resolution.

The campaign is organised by meta-charity and charity evaluator, Giving What We Can.

Visit www.givingwhatwecan.org to find out more and make the pledge.