A company is playing a part in ensuring Nepal recovers from the earthquakes which have killed more than 8,000 people.
Damian and Helen Broughton, who founded Lytham-based accountants Danbro, are trustees of Operation Orphan, which was founded five years ago to make a difference to children’s lives.
Aid workers from the charity – which regularly holds fund-raisers locally, such as a recent fashion show at Blackpool and The Fylde College – have just returned from Nepal, where they worked with partners to feed approximately 1,000 people for a week.
For many it was the first aid they had received since the first earthquake.
UNICEF statistics report that 950,000 children are not able to return to school.
A second quake has added to the anguish and heartbreak, and the monsoon season could cost more lives.
All of these families live in remote areas in the mountains and have not received any relief prior to this. It took eight hours to travel 140 km along the most rugged and exposed mountain roads
Helen Broughton, director of people and standards at Danbro, said: “What’s happening in Nepal – and elsewhere – shows how fragile life can be. We really hope others unite and support Operation Orphan and the relief effort in Nepal.”
The charity, founded by Brad and Cyrilyn Moore, also distributed blankets, hats, gloves, tents and assisted with first aid.
Speaking after returning from Nepal, where he helped with the relief effort, Mr Moore said: “We purchase food and deliver it directly to villages.
“All of these families live in remote areas in the mountains and have not received any relief prior to this. It took eight hours to travel 140 km along the most rugged and exposed mountain roads.
“Helping Nepal sit up and then stand up is not going to be easy. But if everyone does a little, then hopefully this will be realised.”
Operation Orphan hopes to send further expeditions to Nepal in September to distribute winter clothing and offer practical assistance to help families prepare for the winter.
If anyone wishes to be part of that mission, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or to assist with fundraising head to: www.charitycheckout.co.uk/1136170/NepalEarthquake.