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Posted by: In: Donations 29 Apr 2010 0 comments

Many congratulations to Callum Anderson who celebrated his 40th birthday recently.

Deciding that he did not really need anything for his birthday he asked folks to make donations to Nepal Schools Trust instead. The trust received a very significant donation. Many thanks to all those who added to this donation and of course to Callum for this very generous gesture.

Posted by: In: Fundraising 26 Apr 2010 0 comments

A cross country track ski week organised by Chris, Trust Chairman, for the Argyll Mountaineering Club, which Chris founded about 25 years ago, saw 7 members visit the Sjusjoen area above Lillehammer in Norway. Snow and weather were fantastic and the trip raised £150 for the Nepal Schools Trust, from a combination of funds left over and spare currency. Donors and participants were Chris (above second from right) and Sally Dickinson (above right), Morna Knox, Dougie Fletcher, John Ferrie (above left) and Hazel (above second from left) and Willie Young.

Chris on the tracks above Nordseter.

Posted by: In: Trips 07 Apr 2010 0 comments

The trip to Nepal, organised by Chris Dickinson, that as part of the itinerary will trek across the Mahabharat Range to Pragatinagar and spend time in the village and see some of the schools that we help has seen an overwhelming response. Chris, Sally and Jackie, the Trustees are all likely to make the trip, with Mukunda helping as guide and a further 15 or so supporters. Watch this space for further details. If you missed this trip then consider coming in 2011.

Posted by: In: Fundraising 06 Apr 2010 0 comments

Ewen Pryde of Brora asked for a 3 Star white water assessment. Chris carried out the assessment in late March on the River Meig near Inverness and afterwards Chris and Ewen paddled through the tricky but spectacular Meig gorge (above Ewen running one of the gorge rapids). Ewen made a very generous donation to the Nepal Schools Trust, thanks to him for that, and Chris for carrying out the assessment which Ewen passed!

Posted by: In: Donations 06 Apr 2010 0 comments

The Rhynie based charity, Books Abroad, have kindly agreed to send pallets of books to the schools in Pragatinagar Village Development Committee Area following an approach by Nepal Schools Trust for support. All the schools in our remit area are currently completing the necessary forms and we hope to see the books arriving in Nepal before the year end. Many thanks to Books Aborad and all their supporters for this wonderful support. Watch this space for updates.

Posted by: In: Fundraising 06 Apr 2010 0 comments

St Andrews University Canoe Club booked three courses with Chris during the winter, a 4 Star Assessment for Craig and Jonny, an Intermediate Course, seen here on the Spean Gorge, and a Beginners Course. This raised a significant sum of money for the Trust. Thanks to all those who took part and especially to Craig for setting things up.

Posted by: In: Fundraising, Trips 06 Apr 2010 0 comments

Chris organised a trip for friends to run the Colorado River through Grand Canyon. The launch was November 28th. Left to Right: Olga dn Oleg Kuzmichev (St Petersburg, Russia); Callum Anderson (Spean Bridge, Scotland); Doug Knapp (Everett, Washington); Larry Grant (Seattle); Tim Cox (Tacoma); Stephen Cant (Fort William); Chris Dickinson (Spean Bridge); Phil Dicken (Manchester UK); Kevin Kaiser (Bellingham, Washington). Surplus funds from everyone’s contributions were donated to the Trust and raised nearly £600 for Nepal Schools. Thanks to everyone involved and for a great trip.

It was a winter trip and very cold at times, but pleasant for hikes and quiet.

Water level was excellent, in region 14-18,000 cfs…….. Here Tim is rafting Granite

Chris, making his run down Horn Creek Rapid

Callum kayaking through the V wave going into Lava Falls.

Posted by: In: Trips, Volunteers 05 Jan 2010 0 comments

Rachel – one of the Cambridge Buskers (left of the photograph) went off to Nepal in November and spent some time trekking with Mukunda up into the Annapurna Sanctuary. Following this she did some voluntary teaching work in a school in Kathmandu, and then was interested to visit the south of the country – taking in Chitwan National Park and Lumbini – the world heritage site and birthplace of the Buddha. She was very keen to visit the village and see for herself the schools where we are helping. The photograph below shows her visiting Vrikuti – receiving the usual most wonderful welcome from staff and children alike.

Rachel has returned to UK inspired to help our schools in any way she can. Many thanks for that.

Posted by: In: Donations 28 Nov 2009 0 comments

Oleg and Olga Kuzmicheva, our wonderful friends from St Petersburg, have made a very large and generous donation to Nepal Schools Trust. The funds were handed over to Chris when they arrived in Flagstaff, Arizona, to join him on a private trip to paddle through the Grand Canyon of the Colorado. The trip starts tomorrow and will take 16 days. Many many thanks Olga and Oleg.

Sally, Olga and Oleg at home in Scotland when they visited in October this year.

Posted by: In: Donations 04 Nov 2009 0 comments

Stefan Zucker and his wife Carol, who live in the Pyrenean foothills near Toulouse, made their first visit to Bla Bheinn.

They were very interested in the work we are doing with Nepal Schools and made a generous donation. Many thanks for that…. and we are looking forward to seeing you in the Pyrenees again.