On Saturday 25 April 2015 a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, with devastating effects. Thousands of lives were tragically lost and more than eight million people were affected, losing their homes and livelihoods.
As members of Disasters Emergency Committee’s Rapid Response Network, we supported the appeal to raise urgent funds to provide emergency shelter, food, clean water and blankets, broadcasting an appeal fronted by Joanna Lumley during ITV’s News coverage.
Donations from the UK public reached £85 million and have helped thousands of people, not only with immediate, lifesaving needs but to provide ongoing support to communities as they rebuild their lives.
Like so many others watching the shocking images from Nepal over the last few days, I’m deeply saddened by events and my thoughts are with all those struggling to survive. The Nepalese are a resilient people but this catastrophe has hit them very hard. They’re desperately in need of life-saving help and I hope British people will support us. Joanna Lumley