Society Members Help to Raise over 1,400 for the Nepal Earthquake Appeal

3 September 2015

Nepal Earthquake Appeal

The Society would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to our generous members for helping us raise £1,406.09 for the Disasters Emergency Commission’s (DEC) Nepal Earthquake Appeal.

On Saturday 25th April 2015, a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, severely impacting the lives of at least 8 million people and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless. Nepal’s major cities, including the capital Kathmandu, were badly damaged, and rural areas near the epicentre were completely cut off by avalanches.

Over 9,000 people have been confirmed dead, with over 23,000 people injured. For weeks following the earthquake, many of those whose homes were still standing were sleeping in the streets because they were terrified by regular aftershocks.

DEC member agencies and their partners continue to work urgently to provide emergency shelter, food, clean water and blankets. Once immediate, life-saving needs were met, they focused their efforts on working with individuals, families and communities to support them to rebuild their lives.

Commenting on the fundraising action, Chief Executive Andrew Lewis said: “I’m incredibly proud of the generosity of our members, who have given so freely to the appeal across our branch and agency network. Like everyone who witnessed the horrifying scenes unfold on TV and in the press, we were keen to do as much as we could to raise funds to help those in need, and this cheque for £1,406.09 will at least go some way to help rebuild the lives of so many devastated communities in Nepal.”

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