City firm helps children’s charity respond to Nepal earthquake

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An estimated 112,000 people have been helped as part of children’s charity Plan International’s response to the Nepal earthquake.

UK fundraisers have given more than £319,000 - including a substantial donation from Peterborough-based BGL Group - to the charity since the earthquake struck a month ago, killing more than 8,500 people and injuring thousands of others.

People living in tents after the devastating earthquake in Nepal

People living in tents after the devastating earthquake in Nepal

Plan has distributed more than 24,000 tarpaulins for use as shelters across the country, along with blankets and thousands of food packages, including in remote areas such as Dolakha and Sindhupalchowk.

Tanya Barron, chief executive of Plan International in the UK, was in Nepal at the time of the earthquake.

She said: “This was a devastating and terrifying event that has left a deep impact on the people of Nepal.

“It was truly humbling to see their resolve and determination first-hand to rebuild and recover.

“We are grateful to the British public who have been so generous in their support to help fund life-saving food, water and shelter.

“Now we must continue that hard work to help the people of Nepal get their lives back on track in the coming weeks and months.”

Plan has been holding recreational and information sessions, distributing education kits, as well as running six spaces for children to learn and play, three each in the Kathmandu Valley and Lalitpur.

“As ever in such emergencies, children - and girls in particular - are particularly vulnerable. We need to ensure that they get the necessary support and that their voices are heard,” Tanya added.

As well as money raised by members of the public, the charity was also given donations by corporations and trusts, including £20,000 from Bolton-based Travel Counsellors, £10,000 from insurance for BGL Group in Peterborough, as well as £5,000 from the Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation and £4,000 each from the Evan Cornish Foundation and the Leach Fourteenth Trust.