Peterborough Nepalese community fear worst for relatives

Members of the Peterborough Nepalese Society fundraising for the disaster fund EMN-150429-171922009
Members of the Peterborough Nepalese Society fundraising for the disaster fund EMN-150429-171922009
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Members of a shocked Nepalese community in Peterborough are still waiting to hear the fate of their loved ones following the country’s earthquake disaster.

Members of the 100-125 strong community believe family members are dead after their villages were wiped out, and with no communication with them possible.

Pradumna Sharma (known as Paul) of Cosgrove Close, Westwood, general secretary of the Peterborough Nepalese Society said: “It’s a very, very difficult situation at the moment. People are in shock. We want to connect with people here and ask them to help. It’s a desperate situation.”

Pradumna, who owns restaurant Gurkha 91 in Deeping St James, and the rest of the community have so far raised £3,000 which is being handed over to charity Shanti Nepali Samaj for immediate aid.

Buckets from the British Red Cross will also be used to collect money from now on.

The Gurkha Oven restaurant, in Sheep Market, Spalding, is fundraising from 6.30pm on May 4. A three-course meal, costing £20, will provide £13 towards their fundraising. To donate, ring 07875663991.

Peterborough Rotary Club is also collecting money in Cathedral Square on Saturday for Shelter Box for Nepal.