Tuesday, 26 October 2021

College cleaners set up Nepal donation drop

MORE than 20 cleaners at The Henley College are Nepalese and have family in the country, writes Jamie Presland

MORE than 20 cleaners at The Henley College are Nepalese and have family in the country, writes Jamie Presland.

They are helping to ship out supplies and clothing which is being collected at the college in Deanfield Avenue.

Dozens of donations have already been left in the college reception, including several bags and boxes from children who go to the Avenue Methodist Church in High Wycombe.

Madan Gurung, 45, of Simmons Road, Henley, said his family lived in a mountainous region which had escaped most of the destruction.

But he added: ?We hurt every day when we see the news and there?s people missing or not being rescued. The Nepalese people need help with everything because they don?t have anything now. They say the ground in Kathmandu has gone up by a few metres and the south of the city has moved three metres.

?So many different countries are sending volunteers and helping and we hope we can go out and see our families soon.?

Cher Gurung, 59, of Lawson Road, Henley, has a brother, sister and nephew who live in a remote village in the Langtang region.

He said: ?I spoke to my family and they are all okay but the next village along was destroyed. All the people there were buried in a landslide, nobody was left alive. Four hundred people lived there and they are all gone. The mountain area is all gone because of landslides and the road is closed so you can?t get through to rescue people. The only way is by helicopter.?

Roindra Gurung, 45, from Reading, said his parents had felt the earthquake despite living 200km away from the epicentre in the Gorkha district.

He said: ?It?s very sad because the mountain areas have lots of poor people. Their houses are very poorly constructed and they were all knocked down. I?m just very relieved that my family are okay.

?It?s very good to see all the appeals and we have to do something from our side too. We have to raise some money and send it over ? everyone wants to do their bit.

?The most important thing is tents because people don?t have roofs over their heads.?

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