Following Fiona Shaw’s volunteering experience in Gorkha in 2019, a presentation was made to the local church congregation, St John the Baptist Church, Bamford in the Peak District. Clearly the presentation was well received and created great interest and as a result of this, GDS have recently received a very generous donation from the church after being selected as their international charity for 2020. Our sincere thanks to Fiona and the congregation for the kindness shown in supporting projects in Nepal.
Sadly Fionas return visit to work with the teachers of young learners in Gorkha planned for last November was cancelled due to Covid, but we certainly hope can be rearranged for sometime in the future.
Once again friends have supported GDS through the purchase of fresh foliage wreaths made by Lin with all proceeds going to Nepal. Christmas lights and decorations are in abundance this year as everyone looks to brighten homes after such a difficult year and so after a very busy week and sore fingers then Lin’s 35 wreaths have raised over £600 – and cheered up a few front doors. Massive thanks to all who have helped with sales.
Life remains tough for many in Gorkha due to Covid restrictions, but we hope that projects can resume next year and we will have funds available to help where needed.
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Fundraising is doubly tough this year for everyone so your help would be MUCH appreciated by those struggling in Gorkha
Though fundraising for every charity will face challenges, we have recently been very lucky to raise money through sales of items large and small. Shelia has been busy making gorgeous cotton facemasks which we must now all wear, and Lin has been selling for GDS. Viv, Claire and Sarah of garden open fame asked us to dispose of their garden furniture sets needing attention and £200 has been raised. More plants have also been sold recently and jam making season means plenty for sale at next event – whenver that might be!
Gift Aid it!
Our fundraising efforts always include the request that UK tax payers allow us to collect Gift Aid in addition to their donation. This means that for every £1.00 given, we can receive an additional 25p and our recent claim to HMRC prepared by Treasurer Amir, has resulted in a fantastic £1,733 additional funds being made available for us to support projects in Gorkha.
As UK and Nepal both remain in lock-down for several more weeks and no doubt difficult times will remain around the world for a long time to come, we are fortunate that funds will still be available to continue and develop the projects that GDS already have in place.