SUNDAY 30 JUNE 2019: GARDEN OPEN DAY - STEWART HILL COTTAGE, HESKET NEWMARKET CA7 8HX

The Garden Open Day at Stewart Hill, held on Sunday 30 June, was a great success with over two hundred visitors enjoying the garden and having a wander around.

The event has raised a total of £1,720.00 net of the NGS share and includes entry fees, refreshments, sale of Nepalese goods, plant sales + donations.

Thank you to everyone who helped make the afternoon such a success.

Lots of images to click through and enjoy below.

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE FOR NORTH GORKHA

CAN has recently started work on Nile Health Post in the remote Tsum Valley, North Gorkha. The village of Nile and neighbouring Chule have no health post or direct access to health provision. Nile and Chule sit at the head of the Tsum valley and they are the highest inhabited villages at 3,300m within the valley. Both villages have a combined 100 households and a population of over 350 inhabitants.

Nile villagers collecting stone and preparing the ground for the health post

Nile villagers collecting stone and preparing the ground for the health post

 Currently the nearest health provision is located at Lar; 5 hours walk away over rough undulating terrain and residents of Nile and Chule rarely make the walk to Lar and will wait till health issues are at an emergency status before contacting the outside world for assistance. CAN met with local community representatives who requested the construction of a new build health post to serve both Nile and Chule. The villagers are offering up significant support in the form of labour and materials (shramdang). The health post will be located on the outside of Nile village.

Nile village: Stone stacked ready for construction

Nile village: Stone stacked ready for construction

 During the last few months, CANs technical team has developed a traditional design integrating seismic resilient features and utilising local materials. CAN is delighted to report that construction has now started on the health post with a projected completion date of December 2019. CANs lead engineer Keshab Adhikari commented, “we are very happy that work has started on the health post at Nile. The locals have been very supportive and excited to work on the project”.

 

Alongside Nile, CAN is delighted to report that upgrade works have been completed at Chumling Health Post, also located in Tsum valley. The works include providing wind proofing of the internal timber walls to maintain heat and the additional of new furniture the nurses accommodation and clinic. The health post is now warmer and comfortable to be operational throughout the cold winter months in the harsh environment of Tsum valley.

Chumling Health Post with internal timber walls to maintain heat

Chumling Health Post with internal timber walls to maintain heat

Chumling Health Post: Nurses accommodation

Chumling Health Post: Nurses accommodation

 CAN Operations Manager Glyn Utting commented, “we are delighted with the progress in North Gorkha. CAN is concentrating its efforts in North Gorkha to develop a comprehensive health service across both Tsum and Nubri valleys. The construction of Nile Health Post is the first phase of construction three new health posts in the region that will provide health access to over 100,000 local villagers in North Gorkha.”

LAPTOPS FOR CAN NURSES

The image above shows CAN Trustee Cara Buchan with CAN nurse, Ishwori Aryal

CAN’s professional partner, WYG have been incredibly generous in providing the charity with used laptops.

The laptops are cleaned, wiped and sent to CAN for use by nurses in remote parts of Nepal. By providing consistent and reliable computer equipment in these isolated communities CAN is able to achieve the following:

  • Set the laptops up with reporting templates and spreadsheets to aid CAN nurses in capturing vital statistics and data that can be used to inform medical trends and analysis for the region. This information can be used, over time, to measure the impact of medical care in rural locations.

  • Provide access to telemedicine - where WiFi is available - which will allow nurses gain second opinions and guidance from trained doctors remotely. This is helpful where the diagnosis is complex and challenging.

  • Develop the professional development of the nurses by giving them connectivity to other medical professionals and peers.

  • Through the use of same specifications and brand of laptop it allows the team in Kathmandu to carry out periodic maintenance and ensures all laptops are fitted with the same software and templates.

What many people don’t realise is that a CAN nurse can spend up to two years living and working in these remote locations, far away from friends and family. To allow them another means of connecting with the outside world, both professionally and personally, is a huge boost for morale and motivation.

CAN Nepal’s Operations Director commented:

“The CAN team is very grateful and thankful to WYG. The laptops will be used to provide vital telemedicine as well as improve data capture in the remote Himalaya. If we are able to provide a network of laptops across the whole region CAN will be able to monitor and evaluate the impact of their health care in this very isolated part of the world.”

CONGRATULATIONS TO PURNA GAUTAM, HEADMASTER OF MELAMCHI SCHOOL, HELAMBU

Everyone in the CAN office has been delighted to learn of the very great honour bestowed on Purna for his outstanding work at Melamchi School. Murari, CAN Nepal’s Operations Director sent through the attached cutting from the newspaper Republica published on 25 April 2019:

Nepal Republic Media Managing Director Binod Raj Gyawali (standing, left) and Lalitpur Mayor Chiribabu Maharjan (standing, right) with Nagarik Nayak (seated, left to right) Satya Mohan Joshi,    Purna Bahadur Gautam    and Pawan Singhaniya at NRM anniversary function at Patan Durbar Square on Wednesday. Photo: Republica

Nepal Republic Media Managing Director Binod Raj Gyawali (standing, left) and Lalitpur Mayor Chiribabu Maharjan (standing, right) with Nagarik Nayak (seated, left to right) Satya Mohan Joshi, Purna Bahadur Gautam and Pawan Singhaniya at NRM anniversary function at Patan Durbar Square on Wednesday. Photo: Republica

KATHMANDU, April 25: Nepal Republic Media (NRM) announced culture expert Satya Mohan Joshi and social workers Purna Bahadur Gautam and Pawan Singhaniya as Nagarik Nayak 2076 for their selfless and inspiring contribution to society. 


Amid a special function at Patan Durbar Square to mark the 10th anniversary of NRM on Wednesday, Mayor of Lalitpur Metropolitan City Chiribabu Maharjan and NRM Managing Director Binod Raj Gyawali felicitated the three outstanding individuals with a cash prize of Rs 100,000 and a certificate each. 

Three-time Madan Puraskar laureate Joshi was honored for his contribution in the promotion of Nepali culture and art. Likewise, Gautam was honored for providing free and quality education to underprivileged children from across the country and businessman turned social worker Shinghaniya for transforming an ignored crematorium into a beautiful park. 

At the function, Joshi shared the experience of his relentless efforts in studying the Nepali art and culture and ways to preserve them. 

Making an announcement to honor Joshi during his 100th birthday by the metropolitan city, Mayor Maharjan said icons like Joshi should be felicitated during their lifetime instead of respecting social contributors after their death. 

Sharing his story of educating underprivileged children in his model school in Helambu of Sindhupalchowk district, Gautam said that he plans to provide free education up to class 12 in the near future. 

Long-time social worker Singhaniya also shared his success story of converting the crematory which resembled a dumping site in Janakpur into a beautiful park in his individual initiation.

Speaking during the function, NRM Director Shova Gyawali said Nagatik Nayak award is an answer to those who think that media only exposes corrupt people. 

Poets Shrawan Mukarung, Momila Joshi, Biplav Dhakal and Nawaraj Parajuli recited poems on different issues while comedian Manoj Gajurel performed a standup routine on contemporary politics. Local artists performed the Kartik Nach, an ancient form of dance preserved since the Malla-era in Patan.

CAN NEPAL ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - MONDAY 25 & TUESDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2019

CAN Nepal’s Annual General Meeting took place over two days at the end of February and gave everyone present an opportunity to reflect on the future direction of the charity. Change has come about as a result of the Social Welfare Council (SWC) of Nepal requesting that CAN should concentrate on projects in North Gorkha and to withdraw from projects with which it has had long term involvement - in some cases for as long as 25 years.

In his Operations’ Directors report, presented to the meeting, Doug expressed his sadness at these changes but very proud that together the charity, and the village communities, have worked so well together and achieved so much.

Doug also stressed that community projects in Langtang would continue to be supported and stressed that, if there were sufficient children, CAN would support the construction of a school. Additionally, CAN was committed to the Porter Rescue Shelters in Khumbu and the School for the Deaf Children in Bahrabise.

Doug also emphasised that with the move to North Gorkha it was necessary to encourage local representation whilst, at the same time and in order to maintain continuity, retain some of the longer serving members. Doug hoped that Tej would retain a special responsibility for Khumbu and that Bhoj and Shrijana would be in a similar position to represent Bahrabise.

Murari kindly sent the following image of the newly elected CAN Board Members at the beginning of their three year term of office:

CAN NEPAL Board Members elected at the 2019 AGM  From left to right: Shrijana Ranjeet, Member representing Bahrabise; Dashrath Sapkota, Member representing Ghyamrang, Rohigaun; Dhakpa Dorje Lama, Member representing Milareppa; Temba Lama, Treasurer representing Langtang; Nima Lama, Vice Chairman representing Nile in North Gorkha; Tej Bahadur Tamang, Chairman representing Ghunsa and Solukhumbu and Bhojraj Shrestha, Secretary representing Bahrabise.

CAN NEPAL Board Members elected at the 2019 AGM

From left to right: Shrijana Ranjeet, Member representing Bahrabise; Dashrath Sapkota, Member representing Ghyamrang, Rohigaun; Dhakpa Dorje Lama, Member representing Milareppa; Temba Lama, Treasurer representing Langtang; Nima Lama, Vice Chairman representing Nile in North Gorkha; Tej Bahadur Tamang, Chairman representing Ghunsa and Solukhumbu and Bhojraj Shrestha, Secretary representing Bahrabise.

Many CAN supporters, who have visited CAN Nepal over the years, will have met Sunita Tamang, one of CAN’s nurse managers, whose role has been pivotal in establishing CAN’s reputation as a provider of sound health care provision. Sunita joined CAN in December 2000 and, after nearly 19 years service, will be leaving in July 2019. Everyone, both here in the UK and at CAN Nepal, wishes her well for the future.

CAN NEPAL AGM: Seated on the front row (Left to right): Purna Gautam, (retiring Chairman); Nima Lama (Vice-chairman) and Murari Gautam (Operations Manager Nepal) with community representatives behind.

CAN NEPAL AGM: Seated on the front row (Left to right): Purna Gautam, (retiring Chairman); Nima Lama (Vice-chairman) and Murari Gautam (Operations Manager Nepal) with community representatives behind.

FUNDRAISING HANDOVER IN KATHMANDU

Student, Adrien Amblard raised funds specifically for CAN and, when he returned from a trek led by Tim Willis - the son of one of Trish’s oldest school friends Val Willis - Adrien wanted to meet CAN Nepal’s Operations Director and hand it over in person.

Adrien was part of a school expedition to Nepal, arranged and run by Global Action. Adrien attends the Lycée Français school in London and the party were out in Nepal for two weeks during which time they stayed in a Tibetan refugee camp learning about Tibetan culture. The group then helped paint a local Nepali Community Centre and we trekked for five days up to Poon Hill over in the Annapurna area. 

 Adrien was one of seventeen students who were accompanied by two wonderful teachers (Deirdre Maguire & Karen McLoughlin) with Tim as expedition leader.

 

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The above image shows Murari Gautam receiving the donation from Adrien who is also holding a copy of CAN’s latest newsletter, Three Years After.

On behalf of everyone at CAN, here in the UK and Nepal, heartfelt thanks to Adrien for his effort in being so successful on CAN’s behalf.

TIMELESS TREKS - a wonderful mountaineering read, written by Clive Darley and sold in support of Community Action Nepal

When CAN was approached earlier in the summer about supporting the Darley’s self publishing venture none of us appreciated at that time what an incredible gift this was going to be. Clive and Jennifer were adamant that all net proceeds should come to CAN and be used in the on-going support of its schools, health posts and porter rescue shelters.

Now the book is in print CAN is delighted to be able to provide publicity through the website and social media in anticipation that a wider audience will be inspired to purchase the book which usually retails at £16.95 but will be discounted to £15.00 over the Kendal Mountain Festival weekend where copies will be available on the Community Action Nepal stall.

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FMB Publishing write:

Incredibly, two of our long-standing clients, Clive and Jennifer Darley, have recently published a mountaineering book, ‘Timeless Treks’, which provides fascinating accounts of mountain expeditions that the couple undertook during their 7th and 8th decades – proving that age is just a number and not a barrier, “Age should not weary nor the years condemn. It is hoped that this might be a reassurance that ambition and adventure is not just the prerogative of the young.” Clive Darley.

Clive and Jennifer are kindly donating all proceeds from the book to ‘Community Action Nepal’, to help them to continue their work building schools and hospitals in the Khumbu Himalaya.

Clive and Jennifer Darley

Clive and Jennifer Darley

This illustrated book is the culmination of over 50 years of experience in organising, leading or participating in expeditions to mountainous regions across the world (see notes on the author). Its main objective is to encourage outdoor enthusiasts to continue to seek out the positive advantages that immersion in a culture of adventure and challenge can bring. It provides insights that furnish imagination and ambition for the younger walker and inspiration for the more experienced.

Timeless Treks contains a selection of contrasting experiences which contain interesting, amusing, poignant and sometimes profound reflections that all who journey into wild places will recognise and understand. The style of writing is inevitably subjective and anecdotal, providing a good armchair read for those wishing to plan future adventures or for those wishing to relive previous experiences. It includes relevant reference maps and over 140 photographs. Broader geographical, geological, historical and political insights are woven into the accounts to provide context.

The book will be on sale at Waterstones and other book retailers in the coming weeks. Alternatively, as mentioned above, copies will be available from CAN’s stall at the Kendal Mountain Festival, 16 to 18 November 2018.

We’re delighted to provided a little background information on the authors:

"Clive Darley was formerly Headmaster of Clitheroe Royal Grammar School. He retired early to pursue his mountaineering ambitions between fulfilling various roles as educationconsultant and Project Manager at the Universities of Cumbria and Lancaster, finally retiring at the age of 75. He has been involved in the organisation and leadership of a large number of expeditions and participated in many more to all parts of the world, including the Himalayas, Karakorum, Hindu Kush, Iceland, Spitzbergen, Norway and New Zealand. For many years, he led Alpine trekking expeditions to the main European mountain ranges. Since ‘retirement’, the couple have trekked several times a year both in the UK and abroad as well as continuing to engage in fell-walking in Cumbria and Scotland.

He had a hip resurfaced in 1999 and a cardiac pacemaker implanted in 1997.

“Jennifer Darley retired from a senior position at Hutton Grammar School near Preston in 1997. Like her husband, she was heavily involved in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and was a keen sportswoman, playing hockey and squash. Despite suffering from vertigo, she has accompanied Clive on all the treks documented. They attended the same school, graduated from the same University and have been married for 55 years. They have lived in South Lakes since 1997. With a combined age of 156, both remain firm believers in retaining a sense of adventure through their advancing years.”

CAN GREETING CARDS - SEASON'S GREETINGS or NAMASTE

A selection of Doug's wonderful images have been used to create greeting cards which are on sale, not only at lectures, but also from the office. 

The images are, from left to right: Everest and Lhoste from Makalu; Nuptse North Buttress above Khumbu icefall; Into the Western Cwm, Everest, Rongbuk Monastery and Everest Beyond and Trekking near Makalu.

Cards are either Season's Greetings or Namaste and each pack contains 10 cards, two of each image and cost £5.00. If ordering from the office please let us know how many packs you would like and add on postage and packing in the sum of £3.50 for up to four packs. 

Orders can be placed by email: dougscott25@hotmail.com or writing to CAN at Stewart Hill Cottage, Hesket Newmarket, Wigton, CA7 8HX and payment can be made either by cheque [sent to the address above] or via BACS to CAN's account at the Cumberland Building Society: 

Sort code: 16 52 21            Account number: 54157518

If paying by BACS please quote your name and cards by way of reference and please don't forget to let us have details of the delivery address.

CAN: WORTHY WINNERS OF THE 2018 UIAA MOUNTAIN PROTECTION AWARD

Trish Scott, on behalf of CAN UK, and Murari Gautam, Operations Director CAN Nepal, received the 2018 Mountain Protection Award on Saturday, 6th October in a ceremony at Ulan Baator, Mongolia during the General Assembly.

Trish and Murari on stage in Ulan Baator receiving the 2018 UIAA Mountain Protection Award

Trish and Murari on stage in Ulan Baator receiving the 2018 UIAA Mountain Protection Award

To read further please click this link for the UIAA’s press release.

The UIAA 2018 Mountain Protection Award

The UIAA 2018 Mountain Protection Award

SAD NEWS: The death of CAN Trustee, Philip 'Pip' Hopkinson

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Sadly Pip Hopkinson died on Saturday night, 25 August 2018.  He was in a pub in Heptonstall with his brother, Nick and others, when he suffered a massive heart attack.  He was pronounced dead at Calderdale hospital, Halifax.

Pip's funeral will be held at 1:00 pm on FRIDAY, 14 SEPTEMBER at the Stonefall Cemetery and Crematorium on Wetherby Road, Harrogate HG3 1DE and will be followed by a reception at Harrogate Pavilions, Railway Road, Great Yorkshire Showground HG2 8NZ. Everyone is welcome and, for catering purposes, please let Pip’s brother Nick know you are coming. Nick’s email address is: nickhopkinson100@yahoo.co.uk

Pip's brother, Nick has requested that any donations in memory of Pip should be made to CAN via this link to JustGiving. 

Pip was a great supporter of the Nottingham Climbers Club and the Climbers Club of which he was once Secretary.  He was also a great supporter of the traditional values of British climbing.

Pip was a Founder Trustee of the charity Community Action Nepal [CAN] and was a great supporter of the rural poor of Nepal, visiting the country on several occasions in support of CANs’s projects.  For those of us who knew Pip in Nottingham in the 1950s and 1960s, we will all, I am sure, remember him as a loyal friend who was highly intelligent, at social debates, a lively musician on folk nights and more recently he had become a considerable artist, developing a style all of his own.

Pip was unwell last year and was hospitalised over Christmas; fortunately he recovered and since then he was very happy and content in his home near to his brother, Nick and his family.

 

BALLACHULISH LECTURE SATURDAY 11 AUGUST

The dynamic duo of Tut and Doug were gratified to find how well Jo Watt and Hamish McInnes had organised the lecture at Ballachulish Village Hall. 

More than usual it was packed with climbers to hear Hamish introduce the lecture and for Doug and Tut to tell the audience of the climbs they had done justifying their participation on the 1975 Expedition to the South-West Face of Everest led by CAN's Patron, Sir Chris Bonington.

The £1,500 raised from ticket sales and teas were split 50:50 between CAN and the Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team who were there in force. 

Tut, Hamish and Doug relaxing after a successful evening. 

Tut, Hamish and Doug relaxing after a successful evening. 

REACH OUT FOR NEPAL DAY at MOEL SIABOD CAFE

Paul Hodges has written to let CAN know that the total raised to date has already exceeded £6,000 and is still rising. This is the most fantastic sum and, on behalf of everyone at CAN, a big thank you to everyone who took part and helped raise these funds. 

Paul has written to remind us (and everyone!) that this year's fund raising will culminate once again in November when Doug Scott visits the Cafe to give his presentation ‘Up & About: The Hard Road to Everest’ - on Saturday 10th November at 8:00 pm. For further information and booking details click here

The Sherpa Heritage House, Khumjung

This exciting project has only been made possible through the vision of Pertemba Sherpa who is prepared to hand over his historic family home to be transformed into a living museum, conserving almost vanished Sherpa traditions for future generations of all nations. The House will be put into a  Community Trust, administered by Pertemba and his family, along with village elders, for the benefit of the whole community at Khumjung. 

Outside the Gompa and Sherpa Heritage House in Spring 2018. The image clearly shows the cracked and damaged walls of the Gompa and to the right the Heritage House. Salvaged stones and slates are in the foreground.

Outside the Gompa and Sherpa Heritage House in Spring 2018. The image clearly shows the cracked and damaged walls of the Gompa and to the right the Heritage House. Salvaged stones and slates are in the foreground.

More information can be found on the Projects Page of CAN's website by clicking this link.

MILAREPA - INCOME GENERATION SCHEME UPDATE JULY 2018

Doug and Trish are always delighted to visit the Milarepa community for not only do they receive a warm welcome but the village headman, Namgan rewards their visit with a jar of honey extracted from combs in hives within the walls above the village. The honey is delicious!

Namgan, has supported his village over the years and, following the earthquake, generously donated land with the intention it would be used to develop a fruit plantation as part of an agricultural income generation scheme. 

A few days ago Murari sent through the images below to show that the Milarepa income generation scheme is moving forward. 

Patch of ground being prepared below the Health Post

Patch of ground being prepared below the Health Post

The land which is about 400 metres below the existing Health Post has been ploughed and will be planted with lemons (50 plants), oranges (55 plants), Pears (ten trees) and Avocados (ten plants). The images below show Namgan collecting the fruit tree order from a plant centre in Kathmandu.

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Namgan making the plant selection 

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Plants waiting to be collected

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Namgan preparing to return to Milarepa to begin planting

BUCKINGHAM PALACE GARDEN PARTY - Tuesday, May 22nd 2018

CAN's Patron Sir Chris Bonington, along with Doug and other supporters of the Sherpa Heritage House project, were invited to The Prince of Wales's 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration through their close involvement in helping Pertemba Sherpa restore his ancestral home in Khumjung.

When HRH Prince Charles undertook his first trek in Nepal, along the aptly named Royal Trek, he was guided by Pertemba Sherpa who, among his many accomplishments has climbed Everest three times including the first ascent of Everest by a British team in 1975. The team, which was led by Chris Bonington, put Doug Scott and Dougal Haston on top of the world - a mountaineering feat in its own right. 

Scroll forward three decades to 2006 when Pertemba undertook to preserve his ancestral home in order to save the culture and heritage of the Sherpas. He was very concerned that in a fast changing world younger generations of Sherpas would grow up without any knowledge of their old ways of living.

Pertemba donated his ancestral home, the oldest house in Khumjung, which is built in the traditional Sherpa style using slate and stone with carved doors, windows and furniture. The house comprises two wings joined at right angles to each other - the living wing for accommodation and the religious wing for prayer which also houses statues, sacred texts, Buddhist emblems and other artifacts. 

HRH Prince Charles agreed to be the Patron of the Sherpa Heritage House project and a fund raising committee, spear headed by Doug, Chris and Maggie Burgess was set up. Following a successful campaign sufficient funds were raised to enable Pertemba's home to be rebuilt (2012) as a living museum to reflect the old Sherpa lifestyle connecting the people, their livestock, their religion and the mountains. A second building, the nearby tea house was also renovated as the profits from this enterprise would go toward the upkeep and maintenance of the Heritage House. 

Buckingham Palace: The Prince of Wales's 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration. HRH Prince Charles with Sir Chris Bonington and Pertemba Sherpa.

Buckingham Palace: The Prince of Wales's 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration. HRH Prince Charles with Sir Chris Bonington and Pertemba Sherpa.

Sadly, during the 2015 earthquakes the Heritage House suffered severe damage but Pertemba was adamant he did not want there to be any restoration work until homes in his community had been rebuilt and friends and neighbours had roofs over their heads once again. This year, three years after the earthquake and following a substantial rebuilding of houses in Khumjung, Pertemba agreed to proceed and plans were drawn up and costed  - £185,000.

Following several very generous donations earlier this year there remains a shortfall of £39,000 and consideration is currently being given how to take the fund raising campaign forward.  Doug and Trish visited Khumjung last month and took the image below which shows the earthquake damage and the task ahead.  

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Michael Bromfield: Notes from a Nomad - Leonard Cohen and the Deaf Children at Bahrabise

Ever since Doug was approached 18 years ago by Bhoj Raj to build a school for deaf children all of us at CAN hold the Shree Sindu School for the Deaf at Bahrabise close to our hearts.

Over the years this development of a safe haven providing education, with a strong emphasis on the vocational element, has sparked interest from around the world. 

'Old' school building badly damaged in the earthquake on the left with the new classrooms and hostel accommodation on the right.

'Old' school building badly damaged in the earthquake on the left with the new classrooms and hostel accommodation on the right.

One of the school's most generous benefactors is Michael Bromfield who, through the generosity of his family trust. has supported the rebuilding to a very high specification. 

As well as wanting to give something back to a remote mountain community in gratitude for 30 years of walking in remote areas Michael also wanted to reflect the joy the singer, Leonard Cohen had brought him as Michael walked his way around the Himalaya. As a result the dormitory block has been dedicated 'In the memory of the Canadian Poet, Writer and Singer Leonard Cohen, Citizen of the world and an inspiration to so many' with two quotations from his songs below: 

"I greet you from the other side of sorrow and despair, with a love so vast and shattered it will reach you everywhere" 

"There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in"

Michael has written a very moving blog post which can be accessed here. Included in the blog are comments written by Doug following his recent visit in May 2018. 

Michael and Doug are pictured below at the Himalayan Trust's 10th Anniversary Lecture held at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 23 May.

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NORTH COL OF EVEREST: THE WORLD'S HIGHEST BLACK TIE DINNER PARTY

News came through earlier today (1 May) that Neil Laughton and the Everest Dinner 2018 team successfully hosted the world's highest black tie dinner party on the North Col of Everest at 7070m (23,129ft). 

Neil (standing) and the rest of the team at a rehearsal dinner at Everest Base Camp at the end of April. 

Neil (standing) and the rest of the team at a rehearsal dinner at Everest Base Camp at the end of April. 

Temperatures were considerably colder on the North Col, recorded at -25C (-13F), but the dress code of black tie and ballgowns was strictly obeyed. Everyone enjoyed a 3-course dinner prepared by Michelin starred chef, Sat Bains before toasting Her Majesty with GH Mumm champagne - just before it started to freeze! 

Doug will be congratulating the team personally when he meets them in Kathmandu on 5 May. 

Everest Dinner 2018 are raising funds for CAN, not just for the post-earthquake reconstruction work which is reaching completion, but also to help fund new initiatives in North Gorkha.  They have set a magnificent target of £100,000 for CAN so, for more information and to donate please click here: 

As fund raisers go to host a dinner party in the rarified atmosphere of the North Col is one of the more unusual and everyone at CAN is thrilled that everything has worked out and the team are safe and now on their way back to Kathmandu. With sincere thanks to everyone who not only took part but also has given their support. 

URGENT: CHANGES TO DATA PROTECTION LAWS

As we are sure many people are aware, with effect from 25 May 2018 new legislation will be in place - the General Data Protection Regulation. This means that much valued friends and supporters of CAN need to give permission for CAN UK to keep their name, addresses (email and postal) and personal details on our databases.

We want you to be able to continue receiving our newsletters and updates so please download CAN's  GDPR acceptance form - access here - and return it to the CAN office as soon as possible.

Your information is not shared with anybody else or used for any other purpose.