23rd November 2017

Nepal School reopens in memory of Mark and Tim Sutton

We’re delighted to announce that the newly rebuilt Shree Tapu Bhanjyang Higher Secondary School has now reopened after it was severely damaged in the 2015 earthquakes.

You may remember a story we shared last year about Mark Sutton. Mark, who served with the Gurkhas, led an exciting life. He famously doubled as Daniel Craig in the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony when “The Queen” leapt out of a plane with “James Bond”. Sadly, Mark passed away just over a year later in a wing-suiting accident in France.

At around the same time as Mark’s death, his cousin Tim was fighting cancer. He passed away shortly after Mark. Losing both Mark and Tim so closely together was incredibly difficult for the Sutton family and their friends.

In memory of Mark and Tim

Mark’s brother Steve, along with other friends and family members, took part in an 1000km cycle last June in his memory.

Through sponsorship of their cycle, the group hoped to raise enough money to refurbish Shree Tapu Bhanjyang Higher Secondary School in Nepal, which was badly damaged in 2015’s devastating earthquakes.

They launched their appeal alongside GWT Vice-Patron Joanna Lumley OBE. At the time, she commented:

“I cannot think of a more generous and glorious way of remembering Tim and Mark than this ambitious and insanely energetic bike ride.”

In the end, Steve and the team managed to raise over £35,000, smashing their fundraising target.

Eddie’s epic cycle

Earlier this year, Steve Sutton’s 11 year old son Eddie raised a further £2,235 towards the school in memory of his uncle Mark. Eddie peddled his way from his Nana’s house in Downton to Westbury and back, totalling an incredible 100 miles.

Eddie and his family were blown away by the response from our supporters during his epic cycle. His father wrote on his JustGiving page:

“Wow – what amazing support for Eddie. Thank you all so much, that is a really amazing amount to give to the school via the good work of The Gurkha Welfare Trust. As you can see Eddie has exceeded his target by a lot.”

Shree Tapu Bhanjyang Higher Secondary School

Thanks to the efforts of this amazing family, students in Tapu Bhanjyang are now sitting down to lessons and receiving a great education once more. The newly-refurbished school has four classrooms, a toilet block and a supply of clean water.

Our director Al Howard, who served with Mark in the Gurkhas and was a fellow wingsuit base jumper, visited the school on a recent trip to Nepal

“Thank you to everyone who donated towards Steve and Eddie Sutton’s efforts to rebuild and refurbish the school. In 2015, children in Tapu Bhanjyang were left without a place to learn and now they’re excited to start their lessons once again.”

Please click here if you’d like to find out more about how we’re rebuilding schools in Nepal.

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