Coun­cil donates £12k to boost Nepal ap­peal

Shel­ter boxes worth £5,900 in­cluded in pack­age

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Clemen­tine kather­ine.clemen­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

HILLING­DON Coun­cil spent £12,000 to sup­port the re­lief ef­fort for vic­tims of the dev­as­tat­ing Nepal earth­quake.

Ten shel­ter boxes, at a cost of £5,900, have been con­trib­uted, as well as a do­na­tion of £6,100 to the Dis­as­ters Emer­gency Com­mit­tee (DEC), fol­low­ing the quake on April 25.

Coun­cil­lor Ray Pud­di­foot, leader of Hilling­don Coun­cil, has urged res­i­dents to ‘fol­low the coun­cil’s lead’ by do­nat­ing any amount they can.

He said: “The scale of the dam­age caused by the earth­quake in Nepal has been dif­fi­cult to imag­ine.

“Hilling­don has com­mit­ted to help some of the peo­ple whose lives have been turned up­side down by this dis­as­ter by do­nat­ing £12,000 to help the vic­tims of this tragedy.”

The shel­ter boxes con­tain es­sen­tial items that a fam­ily would need to start re­build­ing their lives. They in­clude a tent, wa­ter stor­age and pu­rifi­ca­tion equip­ment, ther­mal blan­kets and cooking uten­sils.

Hilling­don’s Gurkha Nepalese com­mu­nity wel­comed the coun­cil’s ac­tions as has Hayes & Har­ling­ton MP John McDon­nell, chair­man of the Hilling­don Nepalese Gurkha As­so­ci­a­tion.

Mr McDon­nell, who was re-elected last week, said: “Mem­bers of the Hilling­don Nepalese Gurkha As­so­ci­a­tion have been moved by the ex­pres­sions of sym­pa­thy and of­fers of sup­port we have re­ceived from mem­bers of the com­mu­nity in Hilling­don and would like to turn that sup­port into con­crete as­sis­tance.”

The death toll of the earth­quake so far is more than 7,000 peo­ple, with 14,000 peo­ple in­jured. Its epi­cen­tre was in the Gorkha dis­trict of Nepal, which is 80km north-west of Kathmandu.

To help pro­vide shel­ter boxes, visit www.shel­terbox.org, or to give money to the DEC ap­peal for vic­tims of the Nepal earth­quake, visit www.dec.org. uk/ap­peals/nepal-earth­quake-ap­peal.

TRAGEDY: More than 7,000 peo­ple died in the earth­quake which hap­pened on April 25

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