Gurkhas raising money for hospital building work in Nepal

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A project to build a hospital in a very remote area of Nepal, kick-started by six friends from Skipsea and Beeford who visited the country back in 2008, is now nearing completion.

Work started in 2010 when trees were felled and stone quarried. A year later, 28 men worked for two months to erect the seven room health post.

Currently, several young women are being trained as staff nurses and sources of equipment and medicines are being sought.

The nurses need to be trained as all-round medics as they’ll have to act as general practitioner, midwife, dentist and whatever else is presented to them.

If the nurses really cannot deal with people who have a serious illness or injury, that patient will have to be carried downhill for two days to the nearest road, then transported by public bus on a bumpy 12 hour ride to the capital Kathmandu.

It is hoped that the Chuplung Community Hospital will be open later in 2013. However more money is needed to complete the final phase of building work.

A charity evening has been organised to raise the money for the insulation work to be carried out. The Gurkhas based at Leconfield have generously offered to organise a Nepalese Evening when the Gurkhas themselves will not only prepare and serve a selection of tasty mild curries but will also provide the entertainment later in the evening. The evening with the title “The Gurkhas are Coming” will take place at the new Skipsea Village Hall on Saturday 15 June at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12.50 and will include a three course meal and entertainment. For further details or tickets pls contact Julie on (01262) 469923 or Ian on 07505 411678

All proceeds will go to the Chuplung Community Hospital in Nepal.