Funds collected over a cup of coffee and slice of cake
Staff at Aldershot Enterprise Centre put their work aside briefly in favour of a slice of cake and a brew, as a coffee morning brought in another £550.
Organised and hosted by the team at Mandora House, the event raised £275, which was match-funded by WSX Enterprise. Manager Lorna Oldham said everyone at the centre was inspired to do something for the struggling nation on account of Aldershot’s historic links with the Nepalese.
“It went really well”, she said. “All the cakes certainly went and we had a number of stalls set up by some local businesses, all of which have military links.
“The second major earthquake had just hit when we held the event so that really brought the scale of the disaster back to the forefront of people’s minds. Everyone wanted to do more, but there is only so much you can do”.
Mrs Oldham said besides donations of clothing and bedding, they had received medical supplies, which the centre is planning to ship out at the next opportunity.
“My husband is in the Army so we are based nearby”, added Mrs Oldham. “When the collection vans were going around, I managed to quickly raid my kids’ drawers for two bags of clothes to hand them in.
“We are lucky here, we forget. There is such a large Nepalese community here, I think everyone who came felt they really wanted to do something to support them”.