In September 2015, artist Noreen Denzil donated a portrait of Sergeant Dipprasad Pun CGC to the Trust in order to raise funds for our work in Nepal.

Sgt Pun was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross, Britain’s second highest medal for valour, following his heroic actions in Afghanistan in 2010.

The painting was quickly snapped up by Sgt Pun’s regiment, The Royal Gurkha Rifles, for a donation of £2,000 to our earthquake response. It now hangs proudly in their barracks at Shorncliffe, Kent, along with copies of his medals and citation.

Bravest of the Brave

Earlier this year, while researching a war-themed exhibition, Noreen came across the story of Sgt Pun and, admiring his courage, was inspired to immortalise his likeness. The artist’s father had been to school in Nepal and often spoke to her of the legendary Gurkha soldiers.

Noreen said: “I felt compelled to paint him as he sums up what I believe the Gurkhas stand for and that is... the Bravest of the Brave, which is the title of the painting.”

Sgt Pun is the highest decorated serving Gurkha and has been involved in this year’s major Gurkha 200 events, including the Trust’s spectacular Pageant earlier this year, where he caught up with former comrade Prince Harry.

Support for Gurkha veterans

Denzil explained her decision to donate the portrait to the Trust: “The GWT is a fantastic charity that does so much to help the Gurkha veterans and their families and I'm delighted that the painting has raised money for the charity (for a great cause) and that it will be owned by the Royal Gurkha Rifles who will have it placed here in the Sgt's Mess.

“Again, I feel very honoured by the recognition both the RGR and GWT have given me and thrilled my painting has made its journey to its rightful home.”

Get your own painting in aid of the GWT

Noreen Denzil is a GWT corporate partner and donates 35% of her fee for any potrait commissioned by a supporter of the Trust. Visit her website for further info and contact details.

NB Gurung: Bhaktapur Sky

Nepali artist NB Gurung also created a painting to support the Trust – a stunning watercolour depiction of Bhaktapur before the earthquake struck. You can buy a limited edition Giclée print online.