Volunteers support retired Gurkhas
The Gurkhas remain an important part of the British Army. Last month, the Ministry of Defence announced improved terms and conditions of service for Gurkhas who are presently serving. They have now been brought fully into line with their British counterparts, and in particular may join the Army pension scheme.
However, many Gurkhas who retired to Nepal decades ago, some after service in the Second World War and the Malayan Emergency, had no pensions. As they have grown older, their circumstances have deteriorated. There are over ten thousand of these soldiers, who were called “the bravest of the brave” by Brits who fought beside them.
The Gurkha Welfare Trust was organised in Britain to respond to their need. It is a wonderful organisation with 22 area welfare centres in Nepal that provide medical care and pension assistance. I support it, as do many others.
Despite the Government’s poor treatment of these fine veterans, people in Britain have risen to meet the need, and with the efficiency of the volunteer sector have made a real difference. Do consider contributing to the Gurkha Welfare Trust.