Gurkha Company film night boosts hospice charity coffers

A film night organised by Gurkha soldiers at the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick Garrison raised £850 for charity.

During the lockdown, Cpl Anil Rai and Cpl Santosh Shrestha, of Gurkha Company ITC Catterick, organised a charity movie show with the agreement of tsejnior officers.

The event raised £money for the 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.

Dr Harry Byrne, the hospice’s chair of trustees and John Stabler, hospice 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 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.”