Council donates £12k to boost Nepal appeal
Shelter boxes worth £5,900 included in package
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