FAQs

  • What does the GWT do?

    We provide financial, medical and development aid to Gurkha veterans, their families and communities.

    While we have a global remit for Gurkha welfare, our focus is Nepal and those who did not serve the 15 years previously required to earn an Army pension, who now face poverty and distress.

  • Who qualifies for a welfare pension?

    Recipients of our Welfare Pension must have served with the Brigade of Gurkhas or be the widow of an ex-serviceman. They must not be eligible for an Army pension and must also be at risk of poverty and distress.

  • How is my donation spent?

    When you give to the Trust, you can be certain that your donation will go to where it is needed most: to deserving Gurkhas and their communities.

    Income from investments covers most of our UK head office administration costs and fundraising, while a Grant in Aid from the Ministry of Defence covers nearly all our field staff and infrastructure costs in Nepal.

  • Where is the GWT head office?

    Our official/postal address is:

    PO Box 2170
    22 Queen St
    Salisbury
    SP2 2EX

    Our physical address is:

    2nd Floor
    Cross Keys House
    22 Queen Street
    Salisbury
    SP1 1EY

  • Does the GWT have a shop?

    Yes, we do! You can purchase an array of GWT clothing and accessories at our online shop here. Your purchases will help support our vital work in Nepal.

  • Where does the GWT work?

    We’ve worked in Nepal for over 50 years. Our staff of 500 in Nepal operate across 22 Area Welfare Centres, two Residential Homes, and our headquarters in Pokhara. In recent years we’ve also adapted to an increased need in the UK.

  • What is Joanna Lumley’s association with the Trust?

    Joanna Lumley has been a long-term supporter of The Gurkha Welfare Trust.

    While her 2009 campaign for revised settlement rights was not connected to our work, Joanna generously offered to lend her added support to the Trust and has been a committed Vice Patron for several years.

  • I’d like to volunteer in the UK, what do I need to do?

    We are always looking for volunteers for the various fundraising events we hold throughout the year. Contact events@gwt.org.uk to find out more about volunteering opportunities and keep an eye on our Events & Challenges page.

    Currently we do not have volunteer placements at our UK or Nepal offices.

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