PHOTOS: Exmouth schools rally to support firefighters’ Nepal orphanage mission

Schools in Exmouth rallied to support a trip to Nepal, organised by local firefighters. They donated cash and clothes, which have helped children in need at an orphanage.

The schools also fund-raised by taking part in mufti days, raising a collective total of £500.

Firefighters at Clyst st George organised the fund-raising campaign to support the trip to one of the poorest countries in the world.

They collected a staggering £5,000 to fund the mission, including a £1,500 grant from charity SAFE South West and a generous donation from the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service Open Day.

Some of the funding was given to the orphanage, set up in the Sindupulchowk region in the aftermath of an earthquake. The 2015 natural disaster killed nearly 9,000 people and left many families completely torn apart.

Firefighters from Station 60, based at the fire and rescue service’s headquarters, visited the orphanage and donated food, musical instruments, laptops, clothes, and toys –  all transported to Nepal or bought with funds raised.

Abseiling and cycling events, in addition to donations from mufti days at Withycombe Primary School, Happy Days Nursery and Bassetts Farm Nursery formed the backbone of fundraising activities.

Two truck-loads of fire and rescue equipment, as well as clothing and toys, were transported to Nepal.

Another group will be heading to the country on November 26 and possibly again in March next year, if funding permits.

You can support the project and make a donation by getting in touch with the organisers by email – rdevine@dsfire.gov.uk or gbartlett@dsfire.gov.uk

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