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Donations made to support victims of Nepal earthquake tragedy

Civic leaders in Leeds have donated £10,000 to support the people of Nepal as the country recovers from the devastating impact of a major earthquake.

The donation to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal comes after Saturday’s tragedy, which has claimed the lives of more than 5,000 people and has affected more than eight million.

Further fundraising activity is also being organised by members of the Leeds Nepalese Community (LNC) including street collections in Leeds city centre on May 4, 10 and 15.

The organisation was formed in December 2008 and is open to all Nepalese people including retired and serving Gurkhas living in Yorkshire and neighbouring counties.

The community has 46 head of family members representing around 200 Nepalese families in Leeds and works to preserve and promote Nepalese culture and keep members of the community in touch.

“At this incredibly difficult time, members of the Nepalese community in Leeds have been deeply moved by the empathy and generosity of the many people who have offered their support.


“This donation by Leeds City Council means so much to the Leeds Nepalese Community but even more to the victims of the Nepal earthquake and their families as they begin to try and recover from this disaster.


“We would like to offer our heartfelt thanks to the council and the people of Leeds for their continued support and we would encourage anyone to get in touch if they would like to help further.”

Laxmi Bantawa, MBE, chairman of the LNC, who served with the Gurkha Rifles
“The catastrophic events in Nepal have stirred the international community into action and no one could fail to be moved by the struggle of the millions now coping in the aftermath of this terrible disaster.


“We felt it was only right that we should show our support for the Leeds Nepalese Community and do what we can to help the recovery effort. We hope this donation can make some difference.


“Our thoughts and sympathies are of course with all those affected by the earthquake, both in Nepal and here in Leeds, and we would encourage others to help in whatever way they feel able to.”
Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council

Anyone wanting to donate to the DEC appeal can visit www.dec.org.uk

For more information about the LNC, visit www.lncuk.org

The Gurkha Welfare Trust (GWT) is also providing support to Gurkha veterans, their dependants and the communities in the hills of Nepal where Gurkhas are traditionally recruited from.

To donate visit www.gwt.org.uk/donate/earthquake or for more information visit www.gwt.org.uk/news/earthquake-appeal