Prince backs Gurkhas’ fundraising
MESSAGES of support from Prince Charles and actress Joanna Lumley were read out at a dinner in aid of Nepalese Gurkhas and their families.
The evening, at St Anselm’s School, Canterbury, was arranged by the organisation Gurkha Peace Foundation, set up by Brian Staley and Bhimraj Tumbahangphe.
Lady Mountbatten also phoned to offer her support for the dinner, attended by almost 200 people who were welcomed by the Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Cllr Pat Todd.
Gurkha wives in traditional costume offered a bindi greeting to the guests while Mohan Chandola played background music on his sitar, accompanied by a colleague on flute.
Gurkha children, mainly from Ashford, entertained the guests.
The Bishop of Dover gave an address and Mr Staley spoke about the aims of the Gurkha Peace Foundation.
He said: “We are going to ask the government for a commission to investigate Gurkha grievances and hope to make the elderly and frail a priority.”