Steve Russell launches an SOS for swimming pool party fun. Picture: Tony Jones.

A West Norfolk man is hoping Your Local Paper readers can help to put smiles on the faces of orphaned children.

Steve Russell wants to spring a big surprise on children at the Bethesda orphanage in south India, by filling a new swimming pool with beach balls, rubber rings and other fun water inflatables.

Mr Russell and four other people from the King’s Lynn area will travel to Tamil Nadu next month.

As well as the pool party,  they also want to organise a celebration party in the orphanage hall.

Mr Russell said: “We travel out on November 13 and on the 22 there is going to be a service to open the new pool.

“I would like to fill it with inflatables for the children to play with.

“If anyone has any beach balls or anything they have put away for the summer they can  donate, we would like them,” he said.

The travellers have extra baggage allowance to include the inflatables.

Mr Russell said some food retail chains have also donated hats and masks for the celebration party.

The group plans to organise party food and Mr Russell said any donations towards this or general running costs of the orphanage would also be welcomed.

“It costs £1 a day to keep each child in the orphanage,” said Mr Russell, who added there were 120 children aged three to 16.

A craft fair held on Saturday at Runcton Holme primary school raised £240 towards general funds.

Mr Russell, who has visited the orphanage for the past 15 years, will need donated items by November 8.

Anyone with donations for the orphanage should contact him on 01553 772902.