Debden twinners to raise money for hostel in Gurkha villlage in Nepal

PUBLISHED: 11:59 28 August 2009 | UPDATED: 21:53 31 May 2010

Members of the Tang Ting Twinning Association Tim Ward-Booth, Jane Ward-Booth, Helen Brown and Edward Browne Picture: SUBMITTED

Members of the Tang Ting Twinning Association Tim Ward-Booth, Jane Ward-Booth, Helen Brown and Edward Browne Picture: SUBMITTED

A TWINNING association has very high hopes for its latest plan to build a hostel in a remote Nepalese village. Home to several Gurkha families, the village of Tang Ting is twinned with Debden, Debden Green and Wimbish. Now the members of the Tang Ting Twi

A TWINNING association has very high hopes for its latest plan to build a hostel in a remote Nepalese village.

Home to several Gurkha families, the village of Tang Ting is twinned with Debden, Debden Green and Wimbish.

Now the members of the Tang Ting Twinning Association (TTTA) are hoping to build a hostel in the village to help provide income and employment for the young people.

The twinners want to meet their sky-high ambitions by jumping 10,000ft from a plane in a sponsored skydive.

Twinner Helen Brown said: "All of us who visited Nepal in 2008 and completed the long walk up the mountain to the village will remember it forever. The people were so friendly and welcoming and shared everything, even though it is a poor country and at that stage, the villagers had no electricity.

"We know that local businesses and people in Saffron Walden are usually so generous towards good causes and hope they will sponsor some of the skydivers."

The TTTA want to build an environmentally friendly hostel in Tang Ting, which lies in the foothills of the Annapurna mountain range, in order to establish it on the trekkers routes through Nepal.

The hostel has been designed by Tim Ward-Booth, a senior partner in Stansted-based auction house GE Sworder & Sons, who will be taking part in the skydive.

President of the TTTA, Cllr Tina Knight, said: "Befriending the community in Nepal has helped our local communities and our school children understand different cultures."

The tandem skydives take place on September 5 at the Cambridgeshire airfield, Chatteris.

Anyone who wants more information or can offer sponsorship should call Nikki on 01799 540881 or email nc@nighthawk.co.uk or visit www.tangting.org

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