Fund-raising walk to help victims of huge earthquake

Dr Ian Kille at the Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal. He will be leading a geo-walk in Northumberland on Sunday to raise money for victims of the Nepal earthquake disaster.
Dr Ian Kille at the Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal. He will be leading a geo-walk in Northumberland on Sunday to raise money for victims of the Nepal earthquake disaster.
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A fascinating geology walk exploring an iconic Northumberland landform will be raising money to help victims of the Nepal earthquake tragedy.

Dr Ian Kille, of Northumbrian Earth, will be leading the trek, which will follow a section of the Whin Sill, including Cullernose Point.

All money collected from Sunday’s event will be gifted to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal to aid those affected by last month‘s natural disaster.

Geologist Dr Kllle said: “I travelled to Nepal a few years ago and the Nepali people impressed me by their easy-going friendliness.

“Whilst there, I made good friends including one family from the village of Lamjung, which is right at the epicentre of the earthquake.

“Mercifully, this family is safe and well, but the village has been utterly destroyed.

“This small personal story is multiplied a thousand fold across Nepal and I would like to do what I can to help. Giving up my income from this walk is a small start.”

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake is now known to have killed more than 7,500 people and injured more than 14,500.

More than 4,000 aid workers from around the world have been helping with relief and rescue operations.

The DEC appeal has so far raised more than £33million. The UK government has matched the first £5million of public donations to the DEC and committed a further £17.8million in humanitarian aid. The money is being used to provide drinking water, toilets and family hygiene kits at camps for displaced people.

Sunday’s walk, from Craster to Cullernose Point, is being run in collaboration with the Northumberland Coast AONB. It starts at Craster TIC at 2pm. It is free, but donations will be going to the DEC appeal. Participants can turn up on the day.

The Whin Sill is one of the most iconic landforms in the county, underpinning Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh and Lindisfarne Castles as well as parts of Hadrian’s Wall.

The walk will follow a section of the Sill, offering an insight into how it got here and what has happened to it since.

The trek will include the location at Cullernose Point where Dr Kille and TV star Robson Green abseiled during the recent More Tales From Northumberland series.