Ghurkha Company film night fundraiser

A film night organised by Ghurkha soldiers at the Infantry Training Centre at Catterick Garrison raised £850 for St Teresa’s Hospice.

During the COVID-19 lockdown, Cpl Anil Rai and Cpl Santosh Shrestha of Gurkha Company ITC Catterick, organised a charity film night with the agreement of their CO, Lt Col Gary Robertson, and the encouragement of their OC, Maj Rajesh Gurung.

The film night raised £850 for their chosen charity, St Teresa’s Hospice in Darlington. St Teresa’s Hospice provides end-of-life care and support across South Durham and North Yorkshire.

On 15 September, Dr Harry Byrne, the Hospice’s Chair of Trustees and John Paul Stabler, Communications and Marketing Manager, hosted a delegation from Gurkha Company, comprising Capt Shekendra, Capt Bikash, Cpl Anil and the ITC HIVE Information Support Officer, Lindsay Russell, in the beautiful garden of the Hospice. Dr Byrne was presented with the donation on behalf of the 432 Gurkha recruits currently in training and their Company staff.

Dr Byrne said: “It was a pleasure to accept this donation on behalf of St Teresa’s Hospice. I was delighted to hear about the tremendous fundraising efforts of the Ghurkha Company and I know that everyone at the Hospice is very grateful to the troops for their support.

The pandemic has really impacted our ability to fundraise. The support of our local community has enabled us to sustain our vital core services for those in need of care and support.”