Dr Bharatkumar N Khetani is serving as High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire for 2023-2024.

“During my year, I will be largely focused on charitable initiatives across the county with a priority to provide better opportunities for young people, helping them to understand and reach their full potential. I also want to highlight the numerous small local Charities who do tremendous unrecognised work in the community but with little publicity to help raise much needed funds.The challenge is to make a real difference in a year, so I will work with the Community Foundation and local employers to promote and develop existing initiatives.”


Previously Funded Projects
  • BRoW4 CIC received £776.13 to provide two large-scale community events (one in Huntingdon and one in Peterborough) that will bring the various communities together and encourage healthy physical activities for all ages.
  • The Blue Smile Project received £5,000.00 towards the core costs of supporting over 250 children who are experiencing poor mental health and emotional difficulties through arts-based therapeutic counselling.
  • CRRC Cambridge Refugee Resettlement Campaign received £5,276.13 to cover transport costs and entrance fees for holiday excursions for 30+ refugee families for 2-3 years.
  • East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) received £1,625.06 towards core services at Milton hospice for 172 children, including end of life care, short breaks, symptom management nursing, wellbeing activities, therapies, counselling, specialist play, spiritual support, and volunteer services in the home.

What is a High Sheriff?

A High Sheriff is appointed by His Majesty The King at a meeting of the Privy Council, for one year. The Office of High Sheriff is over 1,000 years old and the key elements of the role are supporting those who administer law and order and working with the local charity sector.

It is an apolitical role, undertaken on a voluntary basis, at no cost to the public purse and so is well suited to lending support and encouragement to charities, community groups and voluntary services. High Sheriffs take on a personal responsibility for fundraising for charity during their year in office.

The High Sheriff’s Fund was established in Cambridgeshire over 20 years ago to support this charitable work.

Who can apply?
Not-for-profit organisations

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1st February

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