Becky's fundraiser to support earthquake victims

PUBLISHED: 06:30 02 August 2015

Becky Thornton, pictured in Nepal with one of the people she helped through her volunteering.

Becky Thornton, pictured in Nepal with one of the people she helped through her volunteering.


A Woodbury teenager is raising funds for the victims of the Nepal earthquake, having been volunteering in the country when the disaster struck.

Becky Thornton, 19, was in Nepal with GVI Charitable Trust, helping at a centre for adults with disabilities, when the earthquake, which claimed thousands of lives, occurred on April 25.

Working in Pokhara, the country’s second largest city, Becky was not near the epicentre of the quake, but still felt its violent effects.

She said: “I was in a supermarket, on the third floor. The building started shaking, the lights went out and everyone started screaming and ran downstairs.

“I hadn’t been in an earthquake before and didn’t really know what was happening. It felt like ages, but it must only have been about 30 seconds. It was pretty scary because I didn’t know what was going on - and then there were after-shocks.”

Following the quake, Becky began dividing her time between her pre-arranged volunteering and helping distribute aid packages to those affected by the disaster.

She said: “When I left Nepal in June, the country was still in a critical state, with medication, toiletries and water filters desperately needed by hundreds of villages - many who have not yet received any aid at all.

“Nepal and its beautiful people need our help more than ever.”

With this in mind, Becky is organising a fundraising curry night for GVI Charitable Trust, at Woodbury Village Hall on September 4 at 7pm.

Exmouth restaurant Namaste Himalaya will be providing food, and there will also be a raffle, a bar and lots of music.

● Tickets are available from Cyril Rowsell’s shop in Woodbury at £8 for an adult or £5 for a child.

They can also be bought directly from Becky, on 01395 239155 or at, or on the door.

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