Paramedic buddies Ed Hullah, from Newcastle-on-Clun and Phil Llewellyn, from Pershore, have raised above £8,000. The duo visited Nepal for the first time in May,2015. They imparted their skills and experience following the disaster around 80 miles north west of the capital Kathmandu during their first visit to Nepal. Upon returning home, they founded a non-profit organization named ‘Rebuild Nepal’, with a mission to raise funds to support the earthquake victims financially.
Phil is flying back to Nepal to hand over more than £8,000 raised to help victims of last year’s earthquakes. The money is from a range of fundraising drives and events in the region over the past year, but £2,300 alone is from Ed’s fundraising page, www.gofundme.com/medicalaidfornepal. Phil said: “We have given talks and presentations at schools, scout groups and GP surgeries about our experiences in Nepal since our return. We even organised a summer ball at Bank House Hotel in Bransford, near Worcester to raise money.” The funds raised by them will go to a single village named Kaule, where Phil has a longstanding friend who lost his family during the quake.
Phil will be accompanied by 8 other people, among them doctors, nurses and colleagues from West Midlands Ambulance Service. They will be carrying relief materials like clothes, stationary, medical supplies and toiletries for the villagers with them.He said: “Tourism has fallen significantly in the country. Nepal needs tourism to survive, that is their income.“So, as well as donating the money and supplies, the group will go on an organised trek organised by my friend because that is how he earns his living.We need to encourage tourists to return to the area.” Ed said previously: “We intend to introduce safer earthquake resistant houses and public buildings, with links to different relief projects throughout Nepal. “It is vital that public service buildings, such as schools and healthcare facilities are rebuilt as soon but as safely as possible.”
While in Charikot, the epicentre of the earthquake, treating patients last year, the pair made headlines when they commandeering the Nepali Prime Minister’s helicopter during his visit to the area, to save the life of a woman who had been trapped under rubble and had been waiting an hour to be airlifted to hospital.