How Can I Donate or Help?

Please support the CAN communities, villages, schools, health posts, porter welfare projects and the CAN staff by donating to CAN

There are three methods to donate much needed funds to CAN: 

  • ONLINE with credit/debit card via CAN’s JUST GIVING page – click here for details. (Just Giving will make a small admin charge, which we have no control over). Alternatively, CAN has opened an account with Virgin Money Giving. It’s early days with this account so any feedback on your experience using this site will be appreciated.

  • CHEQUE: Cheques payable to CAN and sent to our office: CAN, Stewart Hill Cottage, Hesket Newmarket, Wigton, Cumbria CA7 8HX

  • BANK TRANSFER:  Direct bank payments can be made to CAN’s bank account. PLEASE reference your payment SURNAME
     – Building Society: Cumberland Building Society, 38 Fisher Street, Carlisle, UK    CA3 8RQ
     – Account Name: Community Action Nepal
     – Sort Code: 16-52-21
     – Account no: 54157518

  • INTERNATIONAL BANK TRANSFER: International transfer details are below:                     - IBAN: GB96 CMBS 1652 2154 1575 18                                                                               - SWIFT BIC: BARCGB22

  • More than 95% of your donation will be used to directly help the Nepalese communities. (Funds from Doug's lectures, sale of prints and Nepalese goods help support admin and office costs).

  • Unfortunately we are unable to take card donations by phone.
    Card machines work via the mobile phone network, and the CAN office, in the Lake District mountains, has poor mobile phone reception – so card machines do not work. For online Credit or Debit card donations, please use the CAN Justgiving Page above.

  • GIFT AID: Tax payers can increase their donation by 25% by claiming Gift Aid: click here to download a Gift Aid form

  • STANDING ORDER FORM: click here to download a Standing Order form

  • JUST GIVING: Many of CAN supporters have come up with ingenious ways of fund raising - especially since the 2015 earthquakes - including running marathons, climbing hills to the height of Everest, holding social events, giving up chocolate for a year and many many more - please click here to see current initiatives.


Working in the middle hill regions of Nepal can be very rewarding and CAN has been very fortunate that, over the years, there have been some very successful placements.  CAN volunteers are placed in some of the poorest villages in the world, where there might be a lack of clean running water let alone the luxury of a school for the children or basic healthcare for the sick. 

CAN encourages the local communities to become involved in any project, reducing the risk of donor dependency and giving the people a strong feeling of ownership and pride in their community.  Volunteers are needed to provide the skills that the local people are unable to give.  Doctors, dentists, nurses, midwives, teachers, healthcare workers and plumbers and carpenters who can train local villagers are particularly encouraged to volunteer.  A TEFL certificate is the minimum, acceptable qualification and CAN suggests volunteers should gain a basic knowledge of Nepali. Please click here for further information.

From the beginning of 2018 problems have arisen with the registration of volunteer doctors with the Nepal Medical Council [NMC]. Doctors, volunteering their services at the Porter Rescue Shelters, were faced with a complicated situation of registration and IPPG doctors spent time in Kathmandu during March and April 2018 waiting for permission to practice.  The situation is slowly being resolved and a further update will be posted when more information is available. 

An article published in the British Medical Journal, 'Medical Tourism can do harm' reminds everyone that good intentions can sometimes go awry and makes for sobering reading. Please click here to read the article. 

CAN takes recruitment of volunteers very seriously and it is a staged process; please download the application form here


We pride ourselves on acknowledging and thanking all individual donors but there are times when our letters are delayed especially when the office is particularly busy.


Why not organise a public event? This could be almost anything – music gig, talk, sponsored climb/walk/cycle/swim, coffee morning, disco, art exhibition, sitting in a bath of baked beans….!

Please send CAN the event details and we will help publicise your event on our website and Facebook pages. Email details and images to


A very successful charity concert took place recently in Oxford featuring former members of the Hilliard Ensemble together with Paul Giger, a Swiss violinist and composer. The concert was organised by CAN Trustee, Phil Powell and his wife, Sarah Loving who were delighted that the concert raised almost £2,000.00 and they wondered if there are other CAN supporters who would like to organise a CONCERT for CAN?

Hilliard Ensemble and Paul Giger

Hilliard Ensemble and Paul Giger

The Oxford concert showcased some amazing music, including the UK premiere of Tenebrae a piece written especially for these musicians by the Swiss composer, Roman Rutishauser and helped to raise the profile of the charity with a new and different audience. 

Sarah has asked that a special mention is given to the Swiss record label DIVOX who not only provided copies of a CD by the musicians at a very special discount but also asked that all profits from the CD sales go to CAN. 

If you would like advice on how to organise a CONCERT for CAN please get in touch with the CAN office. Perhaps you are a musician or else have links with performers from the classical, folk, jazz, rock, R&B or rap music worlds? We would love to hear from you.


 Such as a sponsored run, walk or cycle. You can easily set up an online donations page using CAN’s Justgiving page
Download a sponsorship form here if this is helpful?!

wear a can t-shirt with pride

Can t-shirts and sweat-shirts are now available and can be obtained by contacting  the CAN office.


CAN T-shirts available in four sizes - small, medium, large and extra-large. Cost  £8.00 plus £3.50 p&p

CAN T-shirts available in four sizes - small, medium, large and extra-large. Cost £8.00 plus £3.50 p&p

or wear a can sweat shirt


CAN Sweat shirts available in four sizes - small, medium, large and extra-large.  Cost £12.00 + £4.00 p&p

CAN Sweat shirts available in four sizes - small, medium, large and extra-large. Cost £12.00 + £4.00 p&p

alternatively for all our sponsored marathon runners there is the special technical shirt

Technical T-Shirt - let us know when and where you are running and we will send you a shirt for good luck!

Technical T-Shirt - let us know when and where you are running and we will send you a shirt for good luck!

greeting cards for sale

CAN is very grateful to have the support of painter, Agaath Dottridge whose wonderful work has been inspired by mountains and ice-formations in Scotland, Europe, the Karakorum and Himalaya. Her paintings have illustrated lectures and books and postcards have proved popular. Now, we are delighted to be able to announce that four of her paintings have been made into greeting cards which are on sale for £2.00 each and all proceeds will go to support CAN's work in Nepal. 

Agaath's cards are illustrated below and, rather than include them as thumbnails, we have deliberately added them to the site on a large scale so that the intricacy of her art work is clearly visible. 

Cards + envelopes can be purchased either individually or in multiples but please be aware there will be a charge for postage and packing in the sum of £3.50.