2nd December 2020

Supporters in Jersey raise over £700,000 in six years

We are immensely grateful to The Gurkha Welfare Trust Jersey (GWTJ) for raising a staggering £727,936 since their formation at the end of 2014.

They have made a huge impact in Nepal; building four schools, three community centres and six village water projects so far.

The Gurkha Welfare Trust Jersey (GWTJ) is a group of committed volunteers in Jersey.  They formed in 2014, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Gurkha soldiers serving the British Army and Jersey’s links with the Gurkhas.  There are at least nine ex-British Army officers in Jersey who served with Gurkha units.

The Lieutenant Governor of Jersey, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, who is also Patron of the charity, said:

“Our country owes a great debt of honour to the Gurkhas and the Gurkha Welfare Trust Jersey upholds this on the Island, which has its own experience of conflict and warfare and an enduring connection with the Gurkhas. I have had the privilege of seeing some of the work of GWT and GWTJ first-hand in Nepal and applaud the contribution they make to Gurkha Communities.”

GWTJ run three major fundraising events each year: a traditional Gurkha ‘Bhat’ with Gurkha chefs; a ‘Climbathon’ at a castle, which involves teams climbing the equivalent of Mount Everest; and a Charity Trek in Nepal.  Their oldest supporter, Bob Le Sueur, MBE, celebrated his 100th birthday in October 2020, and took part in the Climbathon until he was 97 years old!

Sadly, many of their events have been cancelled this year, due to the pandemic.  However, determined not to let this hamper their efforts, and have committed to raising £90,128 this year, to fund three water projects in Western Nepal.  They are motivated by the tangible difference they make to people’s lives.

Bringing clean water to communities in Nepal

In 2018, GWT raised £25,303 to build a water project for villages in Sariganda Tallo.

Villagers previously had to trek 45 minutes, multiple times-a-day, to collect water, which was frequently contaminated.

Now, 180 people have clean water at their doorsteps, all year round. This has significantly improved their health and quality of life.

GWTJ would like to thank Jersey Overseas Aid, a number of Charitable Trusts and the people of the Island of Jersey for their support and generosity.

We would like to thank GWTJ for their continued support to Gurkha veterans and communities in Nepal.  We are honoured to have such a passionate group of committed volunteers.

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