A BILLERICAY couple have pledged £1million to help disabled and autistic children.

Philanthropists Avnish and Anita Goyal have been announced as part of John Caudwell’s renowned “life-changers circle” - a growing international network of humanitarians who are supporting those in need with the cash.

The life-changers circle was established in 2020 by Mr Caudwell in efforts to create a network across the globe made up of like-minded philanthropists.

Members of the group are required to a commitment to donate £1 million to the charity, Caudwell Children, and so far eight people in the network have already signed up to the generous pledge.

Mr Goyal will be supporting the charity through the Hemraj Goyal Foundation which he set up to support charities on issues such as trafficking, menstrual dignity, empowerment of women and education of children from disadvantaged backgrounds both in the UK and abroad.

Mr Goyal said: “We are delighted that the Hemraj Goyal Foundation is supporting Caudwell Children and its valuable work transforming the lives of disabled children and their families.

“Joining John Caudwell’s Life-Changers Circle will enable us to provide long-term support for the Children’s Centre and build networks with other philanthropists to raise awareness of the Hemraj Goyal Foundation’s own work with children and young people facing disadvantage. Together we are stronger and can do more to improve life for every child and family, now and in the future.”

In June Mr Goyal CBE was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his services to social care and philanthropy.

Mr Caudwell said: “My vision for the Life Changers Circle was to bring people together who were at different stages of their philanthropic journey, to learn from each other and enjoy each other’s company.

“Avnish and Anita have already done so much through their foundations and their work in the care sector, it is a real honour to welcome them to the group.”