21st January 2022

Win Tea for Two with Dame Joanna Lumley, DBE at The Ritz in London

Photo credit: The Ritz London

In just one week, The Gurkha Welfare Trust will launch our annual fundraising raffle for one lucky winner and a guest to join Dame Joanna Lumley, DBE for Afternoon Tea. Enter the GWT raffle for a chance to meet and chat with Dame Joanna over some light refreshments at The Ritz in Mayfair, London – one of the most exclusive locations in the capital.

The esteemed actress, presenter, author, and activist recently received a damehood in the Queen’s New Year Honours List for her services to drama, entertainment, and charitable causes.

Dame Joanna is adored by both Gurkha veterans and our supporters thanks to her role in the Gurkha Justice Campaign and has been our Vice-Patron since 2009. She has a long association with the Gurkhas and Nepal, stemming from her father’s service as an officer in the 6th Gurkha Rifles.

Save the date

Entries begin from Friday 28 January 2022. The closing date for entries is Monday 28 February 2022, and the draw will take place on Friday 4 March 2022. You must be over 18 to purchase a ticket.

All entries must be made online, and tickets cost £5 each. The more tickets you purchase, the greater your chance of winning the raffle and meeting Dame Joanna!

Help Gurkha veterans like Sergeant Jit Bahadur Rai

Sergeant Jit Bahadur Rai will never forget the night his house caught fire.

“I was asleep inside. I awoke suddenly and could smell something burning. When I got outside, I could see that the house had caught fire from the east side,” he said.

When we learned of Jit’s situation, we made plans to construct a new, earthquake-resilient home. Jit lives in a remote village, and from our nearest Area Welfare Centre in Diktel, it takes a 6-hour off-road bike ride and another 30 minutes hiking uphill to reach him. Despite these obstacles, our team brought equipment and materials to his village to build him a safe and sturdy house.

To repay our nation’s debt of honour for his brave service, we also provide Jit with a pension and vital medical care, delivered straight to his new home.

By entering this raffle, you are helping ensure that we can continue this level of support for thousands of brave men like Jit Bahadur Rai as well as their families. For 200 years they have fought for us – now, we fight for them.

Prize Details

The lucky winner and their guest will join Joanna Lumley for Afternoon Tea at The Ritz in London.* The winner must make their own travel arrangements.

*The winner and their guest must be able to abide by government guidelines at the time of the Tea, and the date is subject to delay in accordance with these guidelines. There is no cash or alternative prize. The date of the prize is subject to Joanna Lumley’s availability and COVID-19 restrictions. All entries must be made online before the closing date.

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