22nd December 2021

Our year in pictures

Though it has been another difficult year, your support has allowed us to continue providing a high standard of aid to thousands of Gurkha veterans, widows, and communities across Nepal. Whether you donated, attended an event, or participated in a challenge, thank you for supporting our brave Gurkha veterans.

Here are some highlights from 2021 that show the difference we’ve been able to make this year.

Gurkhas help in the fight against COVID-19

In the beginning of the year, the serving Brigade played a huge part in administering tests at mobile sites from Kent to Wales in the fight against our invisible enemy: COVID-19.

 

Paving the way to empowerment

In March we celebrated International Women’s Day with an empowering story of 35-year-old Laxmi. When we came to the village of Bhagwatitar to start working on their new water system, Laxmi was eager to help, not just to bring safe water there, but to gain new skills too.

“I wanted to learn and show that women can also work with men,” she said. “As a woman, it is very hard to manage the household work. But I managed household work AND construction work. Women can also work effectively and earn money if there are equal opportunities. I feel so proud. It means a lot to me and my family.”

 

Supporters hike the Himalayas at home

When we couldn’t get together to host events and challenges due to COVID-19 restrictions, our amazing supporters decided to fundraise by virtually ‘Hiking the Himalayas.’ They walked the equivalent of the full or half Annapurna route distance in their local area and raised over £4,000.

 

£500k worth of medical kit joins the fight

As the Nepali healthcare system struggled to cope with a surge in COVID-19 hospitalisations, an anonymous donor sourced and donated over £500,000 worth of vital medical equipment. The oxygen concentrators, pulse oximeters, and Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) were a massive boost and equipped us to battle the pandemic across the country.

 

The Gurkha Doko Challenge

The event was a huge success with 100% of participants finishing the course. The fastest challenger crossed the finish line in an incredible 21 minutes 18 seconds!

 

Train named in honour of Tul Bahadur Pun VC

Great Western Railway named one of their inter-city express trains in honour of Tul Bahadur Pun, one of 13 Nepali Gurkhas to have received the Victoria Cross. Pun’s son Arjun and daughter Megh Kumari were joined at a heart-warming ceremony at Paddington Station by GWT Vice Patron Joanna Lumley, CEO of the Trust Al Howard, Colonel Jody Davies, the serving head of The Brigade of Gurkhas, members of the Gurkha Brigade Association, and members of the Gurkha Museum.

 

Commemorating the Gurkhas with Garden Galas

Supporters commemorated the Gurkhas’ contribution to our Armed Forces over the summer by holding Garden Galas. Attendees enjoyed curry lunches, cream teas, and cakes, all while raising funds for the benefit of Gurkha veterans and their families in Nepal.

 

Teams raise incredible amount at Trailwalker

This year, 1,256 individuals joined 314 teams to traverse the South Downs Way. The event raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for Oxfam and The Gurkha Welfare Trust, with the top team fundraising over £10,000.

 

Hosting Humla’s first prosthetics camp

Earlier in the year, villagers from Humla and the surrounding area came to our Medical Camp to receive care, and some were fitted for prosthetic limbs. We returned to Humla to host a fitment camp, the first of its kind in the region, to provide dozens of villagers with prosthetic limbs and improve their quality of life.

 

Giving the gift of warmth this winter

Winters in Nepal can be bitterly cold. Your support has allowed us to gift pensioners with cosy hats, gloves, and scarves to keep them warm during chilly winter nights in Nepal.

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