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Children Of The Mountain - A Night for Nepal!

A Night for Nepal!

Join us for an amazing fund raising dinner at the Edge Hotel School on Thursday 5th May in association with:

Lisa Goodwin-Allen – Northcote

Madalene Bonvini-Hamel - The British Larder

Chantelle Nicholson - Marcus Wareing Restaurants

By Debra Adams, Head of Professional Development at HOSPA

In 2014 I took part in a Charity Trek in Nepal to raise funds for the UK based Springboard Charity.  Our group of volunteers was made up of hospitality professionals from across the sector including another long standing HOSPA member, Martin Johnstone, Finance Director at Lester Hotels. In total our group raised £140k for the charity to support activities which include helping young people to achieve their potential and nurture unemployed people of any age into work.

In addition to completing an 85km challenge, trekking through the Annapurna mountain range in the foothills of the Himalayas, we also spent three days building classrooms at the Shree Mahendra Bal Lower School, located in the outer regions of Kathmandu, which had been damaged by an earthquake 3 years before. On our return to the UK, the Nepal14 Club was set up by the trekkers and continues to raise funds to support the school, improving water supplies, funding educational support, and focusing particularly on helping the female population to improve their lives. Sadly, the school was severely damaged in the 2015 earth­quakes and efforts have been focused once again on helping to rebuild the community in partnership with Children of the Mountain, a charity supporting the poorest children in rural Nepal by providing them with opportunities through education and personal development.

Children of the Mountain (COTM) was established in 2009 after the founder John Matthews, who has more than 25 years’ experience in hospitality financial management and is now owner of the Windlestraw Hotel in the Scottish Borders, took part in a trek in Nepal. During the trip he met an English nurse who was attempting to set up clinics for malnourished children and decided to support her cause. COTM has since gone on to help many children and many schools. John says: "The joy that comes from the simple fact that we have shown an interest in their lives can be clearly seen on the faces of the children.” More information about the Children of the Mountain can be found on their website at

We need your help! In order to continue to support the school, a fund raising dinner is being held in partnership with the students at the Edge Hotel School in Colchester on May 5th 2016 to raise funds to specifically finance a kindergarten, the training of teachers, school meals, uniforms, books and creative materials. All new classrooms will be built to specifications to withstand any future earthquake.

If you would like to attend the event or even if you are able to donate prizes for the raffle and auction please contact me at– Thank you!

 Children of the Mountain together with

the Edge Hotel School cordially invite you to

A Night for Nepal

in association with

Lisa Goodwin-Allen – Northcote

Madalene Bonvini-Hamel - The British Larder

Chantelle Nicholson - Marcus Wareing Restaurants

Thursday 5th May 2016

Venue: Edge Hotel School, Wivenhoe House,

Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ

Drinks: 7pm Carriages: Midnight

Tickets: Table of 10 for £1000 

Dress Code: Lounge Suit / Cocktail Dress

Special accommodation rates have been made available to guests attending the event.  Please ask when booking your table.

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