Diners help Nepal relief fund at The 8848 in Stamford

Staff members Jaya Aclauja, Birita Aclauja and Iclclla Malla from the 8848 Restaraunt with Robert Loomes and Flora Tkaczyk - Harrison from Robert Loomes and Co. EMN-150505-162500001
Staff members Jaya Aclauja, Birita Aclauja and Iclclla Malla from the 8848 Restaraunt with Robert Loomes and Flora Tkaczyk - Harrison from Robert Loomes and Co. EMN-150505-162500001

Staff at a restaurant in Stamford, who have family caught up in the Nepal disaster, have been working tirelessly to raise vital funds following the devastating earthquake.

Nepalese restaurant, The 8848 in Broad Street, Stamford hosted two charity dinners on Monday and Tuesday to help raise money for the victims of the major earthquake that has killed more than 7,500 people.

The restaurant has been overwhelmed by the generosity of the local community who have turned up in their droves to show their support, including those who have sent cards and donations to the staff at the restaurant.

More than 100 people attended the charity dinners raising in excess of £2,000, which was made up of half the takings from both nights and all of the staff’s wages.

One of the restaurant’s owners, Krish Bhetuwal was in Nepal at the time of disaster. He said: “It was one of those days I will never forget. The whole city was shaking and buildings were collapsing right in front of me. It was terrifying, I didn’t think I was going to survive.”

Krish, who has just returned to the UK after spending the last week working in Nepal as a volunteer, has been delighted by the response of the people in Stamford.

He said: “Everyone is so eager to help us, I’m amazed and really proud. Every single penny we raise will go towards helping to rebuild Nepal.”

Alongside the dinners, staff have also been selling raffle tickets on behalf of Robert Loomes and Co which is raffling one of the £4,000 expedition wristwatches in aid of the Nepal disaster. Tickets are £10 each and the winning ticket will be drawn on May 29 in London. Tickets are available at the restaurant or by calling the watchmakers on 01780 481319.