Prince backs Gurkhas’ fundrais­ing

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

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.”

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