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Friday, 25 September 2020


A rallying cry for charity from Joanna Lumley OBE

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JOANNA Lumley OBE has made a video with a rallying cry to staff and supporters of The Gurkha Welfare Trust as the international charity struggles to offer support against the backdrop of COVID-19.

As a Vice-Patron of The Gurkha Welfare Trust, Joanna Lumley made the video from her home, where she is isolation in order to show her support for the cause and let the team, and its dedicated supporters know she was thinking of them during this difficult time.

The Gurkha Welfare Trust, which is based in Salisbury, Wiltshire, ensures Gurkha veterans, their widows and their wider communities can live with dignity. This is done with the provision of financial, medical and community aid in Nepal.

This support includes vital projects such as running residential homes and providing support for veterans and their widows in their own homes, all of which is being affected by COVID-19 which is has reached Nepal and left the country, like most of the world, in lockdown.

Adam Bentham, Head of Marketing and Communications for the charity, said its team are working within local guidelines as doing everything possible to continue to provide support and protect staff whilst working against the backdrop of the global pandemic.

He said:

“This is a very worrying time for everyone and it means a lot to our staff, volunteers and supporters that Joanna has made this message of support.

“Inevitably, we have had to cancel numerous fundraising events due to lockdown and social distancing, so as a charity we are very grateful to all our loyal supporters.”

The Gurkhas have served alongside the British with distinction throughout the world for over 200 years, fighting in 30 major conflicts and earning an incredible 13 Victoria Crosses for acts of extreme valour, along with countless other medals

Adam added:

“For over 200 years, the Gurkhas have stood alongside us – taking a vow to defend Britain. Fighting with us to defend our shared values of freedom and justice.

“But now many are getting older, have complex medical needs and live in impoverished communities. Our Welfare teams are working hard to ensure these brave veterans can live with dignity in Nepal, despite Covid 19.”

To watch the film and for more details please visit https://www.gwt.org.uk/news/watch-a-message-from-joanna-lumley-obe/

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