Category Archives: Fundraising News

Inheritance donation in memory of Peggy Shelley

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.

GDS 4th Writtle Quiz night – thanks for great support

Another successful fundraising event at Writtle with nearly 80 people enjoying the social evening AND raising money for GDS.  Over £1,000 was raised which will total £1,226 when including Gift Aid. An excellent result and many thanks to all who helped and supported. Karins team were champions and star of the show was 6 year old Granth winning Higher or Lower – and he knows the exact height of Everest too winning the point! Olivia was once again our fabulous Quiz Master and kept everyone in order.  Zoe with the help of Ashwini were the markers, Linda C was busy selling tea and cakes, Jean in charge of raffle tickets with lots of great prizes,  Geeta and Amir prepared the delicious Nepali food tasters – garlic chicken and dhal roti, and Linda B presented intro and update on projects funded in Gorkha in 2018 and her recent visit to Gorkha.

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The kindness of strangers

Earlier this year we were contacted through our website by Brian and Barbara from Rochford. They had traveled to Nepal in November 2008 and were interested in sponsoring 2 children through GDS.  They kindly donated £60 to sponsor 2 children for this year and since then have held a car boot sale, supported by family and friends they have raised £180 and sent a cheque to GDS – we are so surprised and thrilled. 
This will go to great causes and will help support Teacher Training for rural schools in the near future.
Our thanks to Brian and Barbara for their kindness and generosity.

Funding will be used for future Teacher Training in Rural Schools – such a successful programme and costs only a couple of hundred pounds for 3 days programme to 30 teachers.

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