Category Archives: Fundraising News

Fiona and Ian’s Nepali evening with help from the ‘Hungry Buddha’, Sheffield

Former volunteer Fiona, and her husband Ian are still keen to raise awareness and share their experience with friends. They recently organised a party at home and friends brought high quality books for early learners which will be forwarded to Nepal.  Fiona aims to use these as resources to inspire teachers in a visit being planned for next year.  The evening was topped off with Nepali food supplied by Dev Gurung – such incredible kindness.
Fiona said – “All in all a great evening was had by all!” and I think we all wish we were there!  – Fiona wrote –
“Thanks to Dev Gurung from Hungry Buddha in Sheffield we were able to bring an authentic “Taste of Nepal “to the Hope Valley in Derbyshire! He generously provided us with a couple of veg curries and some traditonal Dal & carrot pickle.  Ian anda couple of friends cooked rice and Ian made some additional pickles, poppadoms and roti .
We were joined by about 50 friends all of whom brought MANY books, some resources, some bottles and also some cash donations that they wanted to put towards either posting the books or buying ones I felt were appropriate. ( £110 approx.)
Everyone loved the food , the fire pit and all the Nepalese accessories and prayer flags that were both outside and inside and I got the chance to wear one of my Nepalese outfits again! We didn’t have any Nepalese dancing but we did enjoy Ian’s new turntable so we relived the 1980s and those that didn’t have to get the local train home danced till late!!! “

Fionas WONDERFUL fundraising

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.


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.

Lots more news coming so do keep following us and tell others.


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.