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Gorkha Hospital receives bedding from GDS funds

On Linda’s visit to Gorkha in December, requests were made by the hospital to fund materials for the hospital beds.  An inventory of the 50 beds was made and mattresses were recovered or new ones purchased, pillows bought for each bed and sheets bought so that patients don’t have to lie on the plastic mattress covers – too cold in winter and too hot in summer.  It might seem basic, but these simple purchases will give a little comfort to every patient.

GDHEDS committee members recently made the presentation to the hospital and a letter of thanks has been received from Chief Medical Superintendent Dr Tiwari.

Letter of thanks from Gorkha Hospital

GDHEDS committee members make presentation at hospital

Sarita presents to Dr Tiwari

GDHEDS Secretary and Treasurer Ram Kumar

Donations raised by Eamonn’s family

Medical student Eamonn spent one month in Gorkha last summer on Elective Placement in Gorkha hospital and living with a local family.  As a show of support for the kindness shown by the people of Gorkha, family members and notably Lady Ann Hair Salon in Gosport, Hampshire.

£200 was raised and as we have just funded sheets, pillows and mattresses at the hospital, then this money is already used in the hospital where Eamonn spent his time.  We wish him well as he concludes his studies to qualify as a Doctor.

Many thanks for the donation from all in GDS UK and Gorkha

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.

Founder of GDS Joy celebrations 93rd Birthday

When retired school teacher Joy Leighton first visited Nepal over 30 years ago, little would she realise that her impact on the Gorkha community would continue 30 years later.  The initial aims of improving health and education for the poorest people and also enabling volunteers to sample the beauty and culture of the mid hills of Nepal as well as support projects are still the aims of GDS. 

Chair Linda Blunt shared stories when she visited Joy to celebrate her 93rd birthday with cards, flowers and most importantly cake!

Happy Birthday Joy with thanks for impacting on so many lives

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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