The first in our series of interviews with Trust staff both in the UK and Nepal. Former Gurkha Major Bishnu Pun discusses his time in Kosovo, his appreciation of the British public and his very important goals for the future.

What is your military background?

I was a Gurkha soldier for 33 and half years. I joined my father’s Regiment in 1976 with an ambition to reach the rank that he did, but actually managed to achieve one better. I retired as a Major from the Brigade of Gurkhas in 2010.

Do any particular moments from your service stand out?

I remember well my deployment to Kosovo at the beginning of an armed conflict in 1999. I was a Second-in-Command of an Infantry Company in 1RGR, as part of British Army deployment, ordered to enter Kosovo in the UN-led peacekeeping Kosovo Force (KFOR).

Hours after entering the country, we were told to be prepared for a rapid deployment by helicopters to Pristina airport and for a possible clash with Russian forces who had, to NATO’s embarrassment, deployed there already.

Orders were given, rehearsals were conducted, and then we boarded the helicopters ready for a short helicopter ride, so that we could hit the ground running. In the end, diplomacy worked and though the deployment did take place, thankfully it did so without clashing with the Russians!

What does your current role at the Trust entail?

In my current role at The Gurkha Welfare Trust I liaise with serving Gurkhas as well as giving briefs and updates on our work and achievements. I represent the Trust as its ambassador at numerous events, functions and activities.

I also act as a link between fundraising staff in the UK and ‘delivery’ staff in Nepal, while managing day-to-day staff support, human resource needs and maintaining a safe office environment.

When did you make the transition to your current role and what prompted you to do so?

I joined the Trust shortly after leaving the Army. It was a very easy decision; I had a strong desire to continue being involved in some capacity with Gurkhas either here in the UK or in Nepal. I was glad the opportunity existed and the rest is history.

What is the best thing about your current role?

The opportunity to read the many messages of support and letters from supporters.

It is humbling to know the deep, everlasting support the British public have for the Gurkhas

What are your ambitions for the future?

No particular ambitions except personally – to improve my golf and bring the current handicap of 28+ down to 28 or below!

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