PRESS RELEASE – Friday 11th December

Baxterbear & Joanna Lumley team up with Nepalese school children to help The Gurkha Welfare Trust

Baxterbear is TREEKLED to have met up today with some of his friends at Queen Victoria School, Dunblane, UK. Baxterbear has previously visited the school to support the children with some of their Christmas fundraising activities.

Following the terrible earthquake in Nepal a number of Nepalese pupils from the school, have led various initiatives to collect clothes, blankets and other essential items in support of the disaster relief appeal. This required several minibus trips to deliver them for onward transportation to Nepal.

Additionally the children organised other events to raise money for the disaster relief fund.
The whole school embraced and supported these initiatives and the pupils delivered a fantastic response.

Today the Nepalese children from Queen Victoria School teamed up with Baxterbear by launching children’s T-shirts, this is a fundraising initiative to support The Gurkha Welfare Trust. You can buy the T Shirts here.

Vice Patron of The Gurkha Welfare Trust, Joanna Lumley is delighted to support Baxterbear in this new fundraising venture.



Further information

The Gurkha Welfare Trust was originally established in 1969 to relieve poverty and distress amongst ex-Gurkha soldiers and their dependants.

Today, a key focus is providing financial aid for over 6,300 elderly Gurkha veterans and their widows in Nepal who aren’t eligible for the standard Army pension and who now face poverty.

Most are in their 80s and 90s and are heavily reliant on our support for a secure old age. For those who are unable to live independently, we offer residential care.

Gurkha Welfare Trust Medical aid

Our comprehensive medical programme offers free healthcare to all Gurkha veterans and widows – currently over 26,000 of them – as well as their families in Nepal.

The scheme covers full-time medical staff at our Welfare Centres, paid-for hospital treatment and mobile care in remote areas.

Gurkha Welfare Trust Development

We also deliver community aid to rural villages in Nepal, installing clean water and sanitation systems, building and refurbishing schools and running mobile medical camps.