Grantham Rotary clubs raise £7,650 to help Nepal after devastating earthquake

Money raised in Grantham to help those affected by the eathquake in Nepal is presented to Dev Banda, head chef of Everest Inn.
Money raised in Grantham to help those affected by the eathquake in Nepal is presented to Dev Banda, head chef of Everest Inn.
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Generous people in Grantham have raised £7,650 following an appeal by the town’s Rotary clubs to help those affected by the devastating earthquake in Nepal.

Following the earthquake five months ago, the three clubs - Grantham, Grantham Kesteven and Sunrise - started collecting funds. The quake, measuring 7.8 in the Richter scale, killed about 9,000 people and destroyed thousands of homes.

Rotary made an appeal together with Nepalis in Grantham, some of whom lost relatives in the disaster. Dev Banda, head chef at Everest Inn, lost his 14-year-old nephew and his home village of Baseri was destroyed as was fellow chef Pradeep Simkhada’s village of Gumdi. Head waiter Sunjay Thapa lost his recently married childhood friend who was killed with his wife.

Rotarian Roger Graves said: “We immediately decided to raise funds to help these families and communities and ensure that it went direct - the support from the people of Grantham was fantastic with bucket collections raising £3,000, two charity meals at The Everest raising a further £1,600 together with other donations and Gift Aid.”

Funds were sent to Baseri and £2,000 has been given to Grantham Kesteven Rotary Club to send four Trade Aid boxes to help Nepalese tradesmen. Funds have also helped to provide the roofing sheets for 114 houses.

Mr Banda said: “This money has made such a difference to my village.” Manager Raju Giri thanked the people of Grantham on behalf of the The Eeverest team.