Rallying cry for Salisbury charity from Joanna Lumley

Rallying cry for Salisbury charity from Joanna Lumley

Published at 2:25pm 17th April 2020.

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As a Vice-Patron of The Gurkha Welfare Trust, Joanna's made a video at home, where she's in isolation due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation.

Joanna Lumley OBE wanted to show her support for the Salisbury based charity, its staff, and supporters of The Gurkha Welfare Trust as the international charity struggles to offer support against the backdrop of Covid-19.

The actress and 'Absolutely Fabulous' star wants the supporters to know she's thinking of them during this difficult time.

Joanna's father was in the 6th Gurkha Rifles and the Gurkhas have always held a special place in her heart.

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ABOUT THE GURKHA WELFARE TRUST

  • The Gurkha Welfare Trust, is based in Salisbury
  • It ensures Gurkha veterans, their widows and their wider communities can live with dignity
  • This is done with the provision of financial, medical and community aid in Nepal
  • The support includes vital projects such as running residential homes and providing support for veterans and their widows in their own homes

All of the work the charity does is being affected by Covid-19 which is has reached Nepal and left the country, like most of the world, in a state of lockdown.

The charity's team is working within local guidelines and doing everything possible to continue providing support and protecting staff whilst working against the backdrop of the global Coronavirus pandemic.

Joanna Lumley OBE with two uniformed Gurkhas as part of her role working with The Gurkha Welfare Trust.
Joanna Lumley's father was in the 6th Gurkha Rifles and the Gurkhas have always held a special place in her heart.

Adam Bentham, Head of Marketing and Communications for the charity, said:

"This is a very worrying time for everyone and it means a lot to our staff, volunteers and supporters that Joanna has made this message of support."

"Inevitably, we have had to cancel numerous fundraising events due to lockdown and social distancing, so as a charity we are very grateful to all our loyal supporters."

The Gurkhas have served alongside the British with distinction throughout the world for over 200 years, fighting in 30 major conflicts and earning an incredible 13 Victoria Crosses for acts of extreme valour, along with countless other medals.

Adam Bentham also said:

"For over 200 years, the Gurkhas have stood alongside us – taking a vow to defend Britain. Fighting with us to defend our shared values of freedom and justice. But now many are getting older, have complex medical needs and live in impoverished communities."

"Our Welfare teams are working hard to ensure these brave veterans can live with dignity in Nepal, despite Covid-19."

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