Former volunteer Fiona and husband Ian and their magnificent friends made donations in lieu of Christmas cards and raised a total of £315 . Their wish is that this be used to sponsor children and will infact sponsor 2 children for 5 years education and uniorms. GDS would like to thank the whole group pictured above at their Annual Christmas Lunch at Bestwood Lodge Nottingham. Happy New Year to all
As we count down the days before Christmas Celebrations then we are happy to report the last bit of fundraising for the year. As for the last 9 years, Lin has made and sold Wreaths for friends which are made from willow frames and fresh foliage. Well over £400 has been raised with all the money donated going to our projects in Gorkha. This year there seemed to be no holly berries to provide natural colour so red baubles added to provide colour to front doors. Thanks especially for Jacky and Geeta who helped by selling to friends.
Best wishes to all our friends and supporters for the festive season both in UK and of course in Gorkha
Happy Christmas from GDS
In May we wrote about Fiona’s experiences volunteering through GDS. Fiona was able to inspire many teachers of the youngest children in Gorkha to develop simple learning materials and help the children have ‘fun’ in their learning in what was otherwise grey, empty classrooms.
As well as this contribution, Fiona and her husband Ian have collected and donated materials for future use and found WONDERFUL.ORG as a fundraising page for GDS. Fiona said we would never have raised as much money or awareness as we have without friends and family and especially her Sister Heather Haines. Heather was so moved by Fionas stories about her Gorkha experience that she too took to fundraising with sponsored walks throughout August (see pictures below) and gained tremendous support from her colleagues at One Dyas in both Norwich and Amsterdam as well as family and friends.
We are thrilled and astounded to see the total raised to date is now £1607.55 to include Gift Aid – and Fiona already has more fundraising opportunities lined up!
ALL of this money will go directly towards projects in Gorkha especially towards the children and learning as requested by Fiona.
A MASSIVE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE. We in UK and our team in Gorkha cannot thank you enough Fiona and family and we hope you will be able to return to the friends you made in Gorkha and see the progress of projects you funded.
We would like to pass on our thanks for the very kind donation of £100 received recently in memory of Peggy Shelley. A friend of GDS was one of Peggy’s 28 Grandchildren and she wanted to do something useful with the money received from Peggys will and so agreed that it be put towards the 50 blankets bought for the hospital in December. Dr Tiwari at the hospital was very grateful and so many patients will gain from this wonderful donation – especially in Winter when the temperature goes to just 3-4 degrees centigrade and there is no heating!. Blankets therefore can make all the difference to patients but of course can be difficult to keep clean. In addition, we have now organised easily removable and washable covers to be made for the blankets to keep them clean and protected.