Nepal earthquake: Pub appeal to help victims

Duty bar manager Gordon Hamilton, with help from staff including Kristy Gair, will be  selling beer to raise money for the Nepal  earthquake appeal.'' Picture: Neil Hanna
Duty bar manager Gordon Hamilton, with help from staff including Kristy Gair, will be selling beer to raise money for the Nepal earthquake appeal.'' Picture: Neil Hanna
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A big-hearted barman’s pub earthquake appeal has been sparked by concerns for friends in Nepal.

Gordon Hamilton, who works in Cloisters Bar close to the Meadows, spent several months trekking in the Himalayan nation.

But since last Saturday’s disaster he has struggled to make contact with those he met while in the country in 2011 and 2012.

Starting on Wednesday, the 35-year-old duty manager aims to sell nearly 200 pints of beer donated to support the relief operation.

Mr Hamilton said: “Concern for my friends is the main 
reason I am doing this. This is a developing country and they need our help.

“I spent four months out there. I have got friends out there that might be in trouble.

“I haven’t had contact with them but I am not their priority at the moment. They are in an area that isn’t featuring heavily in the news.”

Three breweries have agreed to supply a cask of beer for free to help support the campaign – a total of 198 pints retailing at about £3.50 each.

Alechemy Brewing in 
Livingston has donated a cask of Blond while Leith-based Pilot has donated a cask of its Ritual Pale Ale.

Stewart Brewing, based in Loanhead, has also agreed to donate a cask though which one is still to be confirmed.

The beers will be on tap one after the other, at between £3 and £3.50 a pint, with all proceeds going to one of the major earthquake charities.

This is likely to be the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Nepal Earthquake Appeal.

Meanwhile, Rajendra Bam, the chairman of the Nepal Scotland Association (NSA), urged people to continue to give generously to help his people.

He said: “The effect on our country has been devastating. We represent about 800 Nepali people in Edinburgh and the Lothians and no-one has been left untouched by this tragedy. Everyone has a story.

“Our community is a very close one and what affects one, affects another. We are working in cooperation with charities, such as Mercy Corps, towards the urgent relief programme. Anything that you can do to help us is much appreciated.”

Kalina Bishwakarma, youth coordinator for the NSA, has told the News that her family had returned to their 
earthquake-damaged home in the capital of Katmandu.

Shockwaves from last 
Saturday’s earthquake caused a large crack to appear in the fabric of the building.

Following further tremors on Thursday, they have decided to remain on the ground floor close to the staircase rather than risk sleeping in the first-floor bedrooms.

Ms Bishwakarma has also been bag-packing at supermarkets across the Capital to support the Mercy Corps Earthquake Appeal.

She said: “I think we have done quite well and the response has been great. People have been really generous and I think they have been really affected by it, showing their concerns towards Nepal.”

More aid as runway shut

Britain has added a further £5.3 million to aid relief efforts to help people affected by the Nepal earthquake disaster, International Development Secretary Justine Greening said.

The announcement came as the Himalayan country was forced to close its only international airport to large jets because they are causing damage to its runway as they bring in aid.

The new money will be split between agencies helping supply food, clean water and shelter to the millions of people affected by Nepal’s worst earthquake in 80 years.

The UN has appealed for £274m for its “flash appeal” to help those affected by the quake, which killed more than 7000 people and injured thousands more.

The news came as eight Britons stranded in a monastery in Nepal were rescued, a week after the earthquake struck. A team of humanitarian experts chartered a helicopter to get to the group at a remote mountainside religious retreat.