Category Archives: Fundraising News

Womens Institute at Felstead support GDS

Felstead WI have helped the people of Gorkha. They invited Lin Blunt to talk about Nepal and GDS and then they bought LOTS of plants brought for sale.
The speaker fees and plant sales plus donations raised a fabulous £192 and EVERY PENNY will go to the projects in Gorkha. Thanks to all.
If you know a club who wants a speaker in the Essex area then get in touch.

Old Harlow Garden Club – such great support – £210 – Thank you

Lin was invited to Old Harlow, Essex to present her talk Plants and People of Nepal

The talk shows the amazing diversity of Nepal’s climate and plants from alpine to tropical – -yes Tropical Nepal! A surprise to many.  As well as this GDS was explained fully and Lin was thrilled with the interest and support received with donations and great sales of plants, plus fees £210 was raised for GDS.

Thank you SO much

If you know of a group who would be interested to receive a talk about Nepal and GDS ( Essex region) then please send a note via Facebook or our website 

SIX Children Sponsored from Writtle WI members

Following Lin’s presentation to Writtle WI giving an introduction to Nepal and the running of GDS as a charity, we are thrilled to have received donations to enable SIX children to be sponsored through our sponsorship programme.  Ladies took away details on how to sponsor a child, completed the form and returned to Lin, made a payment and now all is in place to sponsor children through the coming school year which starts in April.

Thanks so much for the great interest shown by the group and the offers to support what we do. It  shows too how easy it is to sponsor a child – just check out more details online. How to Sponsor a child

Current children sponsored – ALL lost their homes in the earthquake.

Costs for one year – just £30.00 for up to class 10, £60 for ‘A’Level equivalent and now £150 for BSc student at the Gorkha Campus too .

The teachers make the selection from the brightest children who show the most dedication to studies, but are from the poorest background and without help would not continue at school.


Writtle WI – Lin introduces GDS

A great turn out of members of this thriving WI in the beautiful Writtle village, together with a wonderful warm welcome made a lovely evening as Lin returned to Writtle where she taught horticulture for 20 years. Thanks to the ladies for such a supportive response to Lins presentation on the work of the charity and for the fantastic interest in supporting children in Gorkha through the School Sponsorship programme.   £150 was raised on the night from speaker fees, plant sales and donations.Thanks to everyone who helped organise and who attended and supported GDS

Quiz Night – Team photo

GDS Quiz organisers, Zoe, Lin, quizmaster Olivia, Naomi and Jan.   Thanks too of course to Geeta and Amir for making 300 delicious momos, we loved them.Our third Quiz Night in Writtle, Chelmsford was a great success so thanks to everyone who came to support this fundraising event and Alans team – winners for third year!

We will certainly be well over £1,150 FANTASTIC
Breakdown of our takings – Entry ticket ( to include momos) £649
£1.00 game £69.50, Cakes £34.40, Raffle £240 – Total – £992.90
With total listed for gift aid £933.85 we will be able to claim an additional £233.46
This will take total for event £1226.36 – ( small amount of costs eg hall, prizes and bits to be taken out)

Olivia was once again the quiz master doing an excellent job with questions from Mark, Naomi and Zoe sorted out the marking, Jan sold her range of excellent home made cakes, Geeta and Amir had made the absolutely delicious momos which were enjoyed by all, and Lin did a presentation with update on the fundraising and more importantly, what a difference the funds have made to the Gorkha community supported.