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Bailiff launches Nepal earthquake appeal

28 April 2015

Islanders are being encouraged to help victims of the earthquake in Nepal which has devastated large parts of the country and left thousands of people dead and hundreds of thousands without homes, food, clean water and medicine.

The Jersey Disaster Appeal, following the Nepal earthquake, is being launched today by the Bailiff, Mr William Bailhache, in response to the humanitarian disaster in Nepal and the huge public interest in delivering aid to the victims of the earthquake which hit the country on Saturday 25 April 2015.

The Appeal has been established to enable people to make a donation to help the immediate intensive emergency efforts to relieve the human suffering caused by the earthquake which has prompted support from communities across the world. Donations will be targeted to provide relief through the supply of clean water, sanitation, food, hygiene and medicines in Nepal and co-ordinated with the response of the Jersey Overseas Aid Commission which has already pledged £90,000.

How to donate to the Jersey Disaster Appeal

Donations can be made by cash or cheque (payable ‘States of Jersey – Jersey Disaster Appeal’) at any of the Island's parish halls or over the counter at the States Treasury Cashiers on the ground floor of Cyril Le Marquand House, The Parade, St Helier which is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

Donations can also be made by credit/debit card or bank transfer using the following details:

Bank: HSBC
Sort Code: 40-25-34
Account Number: 91663933
IBAN: GB80MIDL40253491663933

Mr Bailhache said "What has happened in Nepal is clearly a human tragedy on a massive scale and I am sure that Jersey will be keen to show its support to those who so desperately need emergency supplies, be it in the form of essential medicine, clean drinking water, food or shelter.

"Our thoughts are with the people of Nepal, those around the world who are desperately waiting news of lost loved ones, and those who are providing the front line emergency services operating in such difficult circumstances. It is, of course, some relief to know that the two Jersey women in Nepal are believed to be safe and well.

"It is also extremely welcome news that the Jersey Overseas Aid Commission has responded rapidly to this crisis by allocating £90,000 in emergency aid, and I am sure that many Islanders will also be donating to appeals which will help the people of Nepal rebuild their homes and their lives.

I hope that by establishing a public disaster appeal in this way, Islanders will feel better able to make their contribution count in the knowledge that the funds raised will collectively be put to work to achieve the highest possible benefit for the people of Nepal in their hour of need."

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