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Fund raising Valentines drive for Nepal gets off to a cracking start

Correspondent 18th Feb, 2018

A FUND raising drive by a Redditch woman to help build two permanent classrooms at a Nepalese school has got off to a flying start, writes Rhys Goodfellow.

Jess Elvins was inspired to do her bit for the earthquake-hit country after volunteering to help the local community out there.

She spent five months learning the culture and traditions of Nepal, while trying to ‘make a difference’ to schooling standards.

She was involved with Maya Universe Academy (MYA), the first free private school in Nepal, which offers a good education to its students.

However the poor state of the classrooms there, built from bamboo, spurred her to do even more for the children.

The result was a Valentines fund raising dinner at the Nepalese Mount Everest restaurant in Studley on Tuesday evening featuring an all-you-can-eat buffet, a Valentines Day quiz and the sale of traditional handmade crafts.

“It was absolutely incredible. It went better than I could ever have hoped,” said Jess.

“We had a full restaurant and the staff was amazing.

“Everybody gave such great feedback and all for a great cause.”

The evening raised £778 taking Jess’s fund raising efforts to £1,629 – almost half the £3,400 she needs to raise to build a classroom.

Now Jess is concentrating on her next fund raiser, at Redditch United Football Club on March 17, which will be free to enter.

It will feature a buffet, quiz, stalls and a raffle, including great prizes including a signed book by award winning actress Emma Thompson and a four-hour tattoo slot.

To take part call Jess on 07848 821779 or email


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