Belford couple raises funds for Nepal

Ruth and Phil Dodds with the children whose school had to be rebuilt.
Ruth and Phil Dodds with the children whose school had to be rebuilt.

Two retired teachers from Belford have been raising money to help an earthquake-hit village in Nepal.

Belford Community Group holds four markets each summer with trustees Phil and Ruth Dodd responsible for organising them. The couple was on holiday in Nepal just before the earthquake in 2015 and when they heard of the devastation, they decided to use the market to raise desperately-needed funds.

They raised nearly £1,000 which provided direct help to the two villages of Chilime and Dudh Gauh, buying building materials, water pipes and rice. Last month, the pair visited Dudh Gauh, a day’s journey by jeep along dirt tracks.

They said: “The welcome we received from the people was incredible and made us realise just how much our support meant to them. We saw the remains of the school destroyed in the earthquake and stayed in a hut rebuilt using our donations.”

There is a market on Saturday, 10am-noon.