A couple will swap Hindley for the Himalayas when they leave life in the borough behind to help rebuild areas devastated by an earthquake.
Aiden Tate and his partner Natalie Hulme are giving up their jobs and most of their possessions to travel to Nepal to spend two months working with disaster relief charity All Hands. Aiden, 24, and Natalie,22, will be based in a small town four hours from kathmandu. During their volunteering period in Nepal, they will be helping to clear away rubble and rebuild new buildings in Nepal.
Aiden says he and Natalie, who currently work in sales in account management and recruitment respectively, wanted to combine their passion for helping others with their love of travel in the most profitable way possible. They have done plenty of charity work in the UK but say this is by far the most ambitious project they have ever signed up for.
“We both wanted to do more for charity. “But we also wanted an adventure, and finding All Hands allows us to combine the two. “The initial feeling was excitement but this is the time you think about it and get nervous because we are leaving everything we are used to and everything we know. “I’ve now sold my car, we’ve handed our notice in for our jobs and we’re slowly getting to the point where we will be going to the other side of the world.”
Aiden is also looking forward to use his video and photography skills to create videos to raise awareness of All Hands’ work. Natalie is also looking forward to conducting English language classes to nepali children. Aiden and Natalie will fly out to India and spend 10 days there before going to Nepal on September 22 to begin their stint working for All Hands. They have initially signed up for two months but have three-month visas for the country and the option to extend their stay. The couple will join other All Hands workers in an old hotel where they will sleep on mattresses on the floor, but say they are actually relishing the chance to experience a totally different way of life. Aiden said: “We wanted to get away from our desks and experience a simpler way of life while giving back to a community which has been devastated. “We wanted to step away from this nine-to-five life.” They are also fund raising for All Hands.