Gurkhas based at RAF Halton have been collecting clothing and cash to support the people of Nepal after the earthquakes and two of them have family who have been affected by the disaster.
They initially started collecting clothing but such was the response it was decided to sell the clothing instead of storing it at RAF Brize Norton until transport became available.
Lance Corporal Bijay Gurung, of the Military Provost Guard Service (MPGS), said: “We were all shocked to hear of the super earthquake that hit Nepal, killing thousands of people with hundreds still missing and thousands homeless. We decided to do something to support those people who were affected, so my team from RAF Halton MPGS launched two different initiatives to raise funds.
“We immediately did a bucket collection on the main gate of the station, which amounted to £446.21, then
collected clothing from the married quarters and charity shops. Approximately 675kgs was collected and
due to transportation problems we sold the clothing and got £425. I would like to thank all the members of the Gurkha Society who supported the collections and helped to launch those events, and those who
donated the clothes and money, without your help and support we could not have successfully raised such
an amount of money.”
RAF Halton’s Station Commander, Group Captain Adrian Burns, presented Lieutenant Mekh Gurung,
chairman of the Gurkha Society, ‘Tin Dobhan Samaj UK’ with a cheque for £871.21. Lt Gurung said: “I
cannot comprehend the amount of worry and stress that the MPGS personnel here have been through with
their families back home suffering, two of their families being directly involved with damage to their homes.
“What you and RAF Halton personnel have done pays testament to your strength and determination. I also
thank the RAF Halton community for their generous donations which will reach the worst hit places in the
west of Nepal where help is still needed for basic living needs. If you go on the Tin Dobhan Samaj UK
website you can see how and where the money will be spent.”