Stafford councils raise money to support Nepal earthquake victims

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Stafford councils have joined forces to raise money for the Gurkha Welfare Trust to support thousands hit by the devastating Nepal earthquake.

Thousands of pounds in donations have been sent from people across Staffordshire and the West Midlands.

Stafford Borough and County Council raised more than £1,500 between them to aid the charity.

They have strong links with the Gurkhas on Stafford’s Ministry of Defence site and asked staff to donate money in return for dressing down for the day.

Stafford Borough Council chief executive Ian Thompson, said: “Our hearts go out to all those affected by this awful tragedy.

“This really hit home with our staff because of the strong friendship we have had for many years with the Gurkha regiment and their families living in our borough.”

Chief executive of Staffordshire County Council John Henderson, added: “It is at times such as this that our community comes together and are united in their support for those from the Nepalese community.

“We are proud to have our Gurkha families in Stafford and staff at both councils were more than willing to support the fundraising event and give generously on the day.”

The Queens Gurkha Signals (The QGS) operate the latest communication systems.

They have troops deployed all over the work in Kabul, Afghanistan and in Sierra Leone, as well as Stafford.

The 248 Gurkha signal squadron is one of the field squadrons serving with 22-signal regiment based in Stafford, with a number of families living in the town.

Gurkha Welfare Trust supports nearly 7000 retired Gurkha soldiers in Nepal who have no other form of income.

The county council raised £1,194.72 and borough council £432.30.

To donate to the Gurkha Welfare trusts Earthquake response fund go to https://www.gwt.org.uk/donate/earthquake

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