GWT presented with Firmin Sword of Peace Award
At an event hosted by Gurkha 200 sponsors Standard Chartered, GWT Chairman General Sir Peter Wall received a Firmin Sword of Peace Award on behalf of the Trust.
The awards are given to Service organisations judged to have made “the most valuable contribution to humanitarian activities” at home or overseas.
For 2014, the Trust has been awarded a Special Award. It highlights the “exceptional displays of duty, sacrifice and compassion” of our field team, many of whom live away from their families for long periods in the line of our humanitarian work.
The Army Honours and Distinctions Committee commended the Trust’s support of Nepali communities while operating in “some of the world’s most challenging environments”.
We’re grateful to Mr Peter Collier for presenting the award on behalf of Firmin and Sons.
Challenges still to come
The Trust’s community aid will only increase over coming years. Our ambitious earthquake response will include building schools, community centres and water projects in affected villages, as well as rehousing around 1,200 Gurkha veterans and their widows. We estimate that we’ll spend around £18 million in total.
Our Deputy Field Director, Major Lalitbahadur Gurung, said: “We’re proud to be recognised for our support of Gurkha communities.
“However, there’s a long way to go. Our veterans need new homes, our children need new schools and our villages need clean water.”
Precedent for success
The Trust was previously presented the award back in 1995.
Our Welfare Centres were described at the time as “a focus of aid for the local population… no one in genuine need is ever turned away.” This sentiment is as true today as it was 20 years ago.