From the Gurkha Welfare Trust Director:
I would like to start this newsletter with my warmest gratitude. In August, we sent an appeal to our supporters to help us achieve the rise in the Welfare Pension we pay to thousands of Gurkha veterans and widows in Nepal. The response was overwhelming and the result means that these brave men and women now receive a sum that ensures they can live with dignity in Nepal. Without you, this would not have been possible.
I also want to pay tribute to Field Marshall Lord Bramall who has sadly passed away since our last correspondence. Lord Bramall was a staunch supporter of our work and was a valued member of our team as Vice Patron of the Trust. My condolences go out to his friends and family.
We have recently concluded the first of our redesigned medical camps in the remote District of Mugu. As well as continuing to provide cataract treatment and dental care we also, for the first time, provided hearing aids and dentures. Many came a considerable distance from other districts to attend as, for many, this camp represented the only available access to medical assistance. Much of the credit for the new design and success of the camp is due to our new Medical Director, Dr Gerda Pohl.
Al Howard Director
The Gurkha Welfare Trust.