Excellent response to Nepal benefit gig

Brenda Sokell, Paul Eden (guitar) and Jason Thompson were among the performers at the benefit gig organised by Danusha.
Brenda Sokell, Paul Eden (guitar) and Jason Thompson were among the performers at the benefit gig organised by Danusha.

A Morpeth-based social enterprise was delighted with the success of an event its team organised to raise money for the recovery effort in Nepal.

The benefit gig was put together in the days following the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that happened on April 25.

More than 8,000 people are believed to have died in dozens of villages, towns and cities, including the capital city Kathmandu.

About 125 people attended the event at Berkeley Tavern’s function room (Berkeley Suite) in Whitley Bay. It was hosted by Danusha – a social enterprise that sells jewellery made by a group of women in Nepal whose lives have been affected by leprosy.

Musicians and performance poets took to the stage, films from Beacon Hill Arts were shown and the auction went extremely well. More than £2,500 was raised for Oxfam’s response to the disaster.

Main organiser Allison Davies said: “We were thrilled with the turnout at the gig and the performers were fantastic – they gave their services for free and sold CDs and other things to add to the total.

“We’re very grateful to the businesses and individuals who donated prizes and items for the auction. A highlight of the evening was auctioning a dozen eggs for £65.

“Some of the people who were in the bar downstairs came upstairs to make a donation. Many of those who attended have been in touch to say they really enjoyed the evening and the atmosphere and sense of community was very uplifting.”

More people in Nepal died when a second earthquake, measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale, hit the country on May 12.

Mrs Davies said that none of the Danusha team were injured in this incident and they are now back at work.

“It’s vitally important for them and other producers in Nepal that orders continue to come in because they need the income more than ever,” she added.

The Morpeth businesses that donated items for the auction included Manzil Restaurant, Moods hairdressing, Urban Spa, Stait Photography and French Grey Tales.

The food for the event was provided by Varley’s Fruit Shop, The Cheese Shop and the town’s branch of Morrisons.