£2,000 raised at Norton Bridge to help Nepal earthquake victims

Hom Gurung (far right) with Paul McGann (second left) and members of the Help Nepal Network
Hom Gurung (far right) with Paul McGann (second left) and members of the Help Nepal Network

Workers at the major rail development at Norton Bridge have raised more than £2,000 after learning two of their colleagues had friends and family affected by the Nepal earthquake.

The Staffordshire Alliance workers, who are building a rail flyover junction at Norton Bridge as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan, held collections and organised a car wash accompanied by music to raise £2,144.

The workforce decided to help after learning that two of their colleagues – Hom Gurung and Harka Jang Gurung – were from Nepal and had friends and relatives affected by the earthquake.

A lunchtime lecture was held to explain the situation in Nepal and workers also donated money to attend a curry prepared by former Ghurka Hom.
The cheque was presented to actor and charity supporter Paul McGann – famous for roles in Luther and cult film Withnail and I – at a Unite for Nepal event at Liverpool John Moores University on October 19.

The money will go towards a school being rebuilt in Nepal by the Help Nepal Network in Sindhupulchowck, the area most affected by the earthquake which struck in April killing 9,000 and injuring tens of thousands.

Hom said he had been motivated to do something after a man in Stafford town centre stopped him to ask if he was a Gurkha and gave him ten pounds.

“He trusted me and his act of kindness inspired me. When I got back to the site we got to work to see the ways we could help – my friends have been very generous and we have collected far more than we first expected.”

Dr Sara Parker, lecturer and charity organiser, said:

“The response here in UK has also been amazing and the funds raised by the Staffordshire Alliance will go a long way in Nepal supporting the rebuilding of a school and helping local people get back on their feet. From all of us at Liverpool Unites for Nepal thank you!”