Sir Michael Uren 1923 – 2019
The Trust remembered Sir Michael Uren this week, who sadly passed away in August.
Sir Michael was one of the UKs most generous philanthropists and was awarded a knighthood in the 2016 New Years Honours for his generosity.
Among his numerous charitable donations was a substantial sum to The Gurkha Welfare Trust to develop our two Residential Homes for Gurkha veterans and widows in Nepal.
Established in 2009, the Homes provide round-the-clock care to Gurkha veterans and widows who would otherwise struggle to live alone. With no comparable facility in Nepal, they set the standard of care for the elderly.
Without Sir Michael’s help, these Homes would not exist and the 50+ vulnerable pensioners who they care for would face a very different life.
Gurkha veteran and Trust staff member Bishnu Pun attended his memorial this week.
“I had the pleasure of meeting Sir Michael numerous times and found him to be a welcoming, kind and obviously, incredibly generous man. I have fond memories of showing him around the Sandhurst military compound and admiring his fascination for military history and his enthusiasm for the tanks especially. He had a wonderful sense of humour and will be dearly missed.”
Guests at our Homes in both Kaski and Dharan in Nepal wanted to hold their own puja (a Hindu prayer ritual) to honour Sir Michael.