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Joanna Lumley fronts emergency Nepal appeal

This news post is about 9 years old

DEC launches UK-wide TV appeal presented by Joanna Lumley

Joanna Lumley is to front an emergency UK-wide charity appeal to help survivors in disaster-hit Nepal.

The TV star and humanitarian activist will appear in a TV advert organised by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to be shown tonight (28 April) by all major UK broadcasters including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky.

The DEC’s Nepal Earthquake Appeal brings together 13 leading UK aid charities and hopes to raise millions for the region in a short space of time.

Lumley says in the appeal: “Like so many others watching the shocking images from Nepal over the last few days, I’m deeply saddened by events and my thoughts are with all those struggling to survive.

“The Nepalese are a resilient people but this catastrophe has hit them very hard.

"They’re desperately in need of life-saving help and I hope British people will support us.”

They’re desperately in need of life-saving help and I hope British people will support us - Joanna Lumley

Nepal is a country close to the Absolutely Fabulous star’s heart.

Her father served in the 6th Gurkha Rifles and, in 2008 she became the public face of the Gurkha Justice Campaign to grant Gurkhas - who are Nepalese but have fought for the British army - the right to settle in Britain.

The first £5 million of public donations to the DEC Nepal Earthquake Appeal will be matched by UK aid.

Saleh Saeed, DEC's chief executive, said: “The sheer scale of this emergency and the effort required to help the people of Nepal recover is only now becoming clear.

“Survivors are in need of medical help, food, water and shelter. In many cases they’ve lost everything and our members are ready to help them not just survive but to rebuild their lives.”

Meanwhile, Scottish charity Glasgow the Caring City is sending over engineers to the country to see what help they can provide.

It has also sent over supplies of soap and says it will assess the situation further to see what more it can do to assist in the region.

To make a donation to the Nepal Earthquake Appeal visit, call the 24 hour hotline on 0370 60 60 900, donate over the counter at any high street bank or post office, or send a cheque.

You can also donate £5 by texting the word SUPPORT to 70000.



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Ken Stock
about 9 years ago
Hi Gurkha Welfare Trust, As a watched Joana Lumley present a delightful programme on ITV 3. about a the continued search for Noah’s Ark I kept thinking of her involvement with the Ghurkha's, and despite her loyalty how she occasionally suffers for her efforts. So this email is directed to your Trust, but of course should Joana Lumley wish to get involved I for one would welcome it. Now before I explain what I have in mind let me give you a brief outline of myself. My name is Ken Stock I am eighty four next November 10th, I was born in Leytonstone E 11 eight years before World War two, but at the age of four my dad bought a new property in Woodford Essex where I met my sweet Irene we were both sixteen. We were married, and had two beautiful little girls by the time I finished two years National Service in the Royal Air Force. When we were twenty seven I was given the opportunity of moving to Bournemouth in a large five bedroomed house the idea being my dad. and I would redecorate the place throughout, then I’d get a job, and we would take in holiday makers for bed, and breakfast. I still remember my dad saying “Couple of years son, and you’ll have your deposit” Seven years later we moved in to our own three bedroomed semidetached property. Now move forwards to retirement, and the bungalow that Irene loved. I’d always been interested in growing, and showing various plants, but by now the greatest was the dahlia in all it’s various forms, and a lucky experiment produced my very first seedlings. Once more move forward to 2012 when six new seedlings I let the children's charity Starlight auction the naming rights of made an incredible £20,000. It sounds unimaginable, but it happened because of the right venue, and the people attending it. Since the many things have happen, the main one that affected me the most was when my dear darling Irene had to leave the material world. I will never except her essence doesn’t remain I miss her more than anything else in my life. I compensate by trying to do as much as I can for charities, but even this is hampered ironically by the job I did all my life. You see the lead paint I burnt off hundreds, and hundreds of properties damaged nerve ends which in turn affected my balance. Fortunately by reducing the number of dahlias we grow, the help of our two wonderful daughters, and a nursery in Cornwall my charity efforts continue. Now would you have an event where you could hold an auction? Realise the event, and people attending it are vital to the amount you make. Should the answer be yes I will make sure you get three of this years seedlings to auction the naming rights, and explain how it all works. Before I close I’d like to personally thank the bravery of the Ghurkha's for all they did for us. Oh, and of course I think Joana Lumley is the best thing since anything you’d like to name, she is one funny lady. Despite trying to send this email to her as well all attempts to reach her has failed. Take care. Best Always Ken Stock
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James Rossi
almost 9 years ago
Nepal Children's Trust's is on Face Book I was hoping there is some way to contact Joanna Lumly to see if she could help raise awareness for this charity working in Nepal in Pokhara if she could that would be fantastic thank you
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