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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.


Update on volunteer Elise

Occupational Therapist volunteer Elise has now been in Gorkha for one week and after the  initial ‘overwhelming’ and scary experience, Elise is now feeling settled with her host family of Mother and daughter who together with our Gorkha committee are looking after her and showing much kindness.

The mornings are spent working in the physiotherapy outpatient clinic at Gorkha District Hospital where she has been assisting with orthopedic patients and helping where possible including stroke patients. She is also helping with exercises for our special friend and Headmaster Laxman who suffered a frightening stroke last year.

Elise has been with Sarita to a school Hygiene programme funded by GDS and will be meeting the disabled children at a local school to see what help can be provided.

We look forward to more updates

Occupational Therapist Volunteer in Gorkha – Elise from Australia!

Yes, GDS has gone truly gobal!
Elise Kerle from New South Wales found GDS via our website and has now arrived in Gorkha to start her volunteering experience in Gorkha. Elise is being looked after by our Gorkha committee who welcomed her as she arrived, arranged her homestay with a family, and she has already met with the Doctors and physiotherapist at the small Gorkha hospital where she will spend much of her time as well as in the Shree Mahendra School.
We will keep you posted with Elise’s progress.

Jackys Art classes raise money and find artistic inspiration for Christmas wreaths!

For many years Lin has made fresh foliage Christmas wreaths which have been sold through Jacky Wrights art classes in Hanningfield.  This year the group has raised nearly £300 (which will be £350 with Gift Aid) and this will be used to fund Womens Health awareness for rural women of Gorkha in the New Year which we will report later.

Thank you to everyone for their support this year and happy to see that the fresh foliage wreaths found many uses and some fabulous art.