Buxton diners donate thousands for Nepal relief effort

A string quartet entertains the diners
A string quartet entertains the diners

A fundraising event at Buxton Community Church has raised over £2,000 for Oxfam’s relief work after the Nepal earthquake disaster.

Some 120 people attended the event on Sunday May 24 to show their support and enjoy an evening of Indian food and live music.

They were treated to a string quartet and other performers as well as performances by singer-songwriters, with a rousing finale from social enterprise Bangdrum.

The evening was led by Oxfam aid workers Omar Sattaur and Ro Cole, who have worked with the charity’s relief efforts in Nepal in the past.

Omar, 58, a councillor at Manchester University, said he was surprised by the overwhelming response to the word-of-mouth invitation.

He told the diners: “But I shouldn’t be - the earthquake that has claimed the lives of more than 7,000 people had its epicentre in Nepal, but the emotional shockwaves have spread across the globe and have touched every person here tonight.”

Teacher Ro, 53, set up Oxfam’s programme in Nepal when the two lived there between 1990 and 1996.

She added: “We felt strongly that we wanted to do something to help and so many friends volunteered their time and talent to make the evening a success”.

The husband and wife of Manchester Road, Buxton, worked in Nepal for five years, bringing up their two children Adam and Khem, now 22 and 20, while they worked with local organisations to aid longer-term development, democracy and education.

Ro added: “When the earthquake first struck my first inclination was “what can we do”, and of course we wanted to jump on a plane.

“But it wouldn’t have been practical so we are doing what we can to fundraise here and keep Nepal in people’s minds.”

A talk was also given on the night by Jane and Les Skidmore who have taught in a village school in Nepal and were staying there when the first earthquake struck, and showed pictures of the awestruck villagers standing outside piles of rubble that they once called home.

Morrisons and Waitrose in Buxton, and Madina Superstore in Levenshulme, generously donated the ingredients for the meals and due to the generosity of volunteers and local organisations giving their time and equipment, the event cost almost nothing to put on and 100 per cent of the money raised has been donated to Oxfam’s work in Nepal.

Donations can still be made online, at the Oxfam shop or at any NatWest bank.