Former Rugby High pupil helps people affected by Nepal earthquake on her gap year

Nettie Burd with a young girl in Nepal
Nettie Burd with a young girl in Nepal

A former Rugby High School student on a gap year in Nepal has stayed on in the devastated country to deliver aid to people affected by the earthquake.

Nettie Burd went to Nepal 12 weeks ago to volunteer at an orphanage near Pokara.

She’s happy to embrace the experience and feels very blessed

Eileen Burd, Nettie’s mum

She was due to move on to Bangkok, but decided to stay in Nepal after the earthquake.

She contacted her family at their South Kilworth home on Tuesday, to tell them she was still safe after the country’s latest earthquake.

The 18-year-old’s mum, Eileen Burd, said she was proud of her daughter for showing such compassion.

“She’s happy to embrace the experience and feels very blessed. I don’t think she realised the extent of the initial earthquake as there was no television or even electricity where she was.

“But we were at home seeing some horrific scenes on the news and we were so worried in the six hours we didn’t hear from her,” Eileen said.

Nettie contacted her family on Facebook around six hours after the earthquake on April 25 to confirm she was safe.

Nettie recently joined a five-day mission to deliver supplies to a remote village close to the epicentre of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake.

She has set up a Just Giving page and is urging people to donate whatever they can.

Charlotte Marten, headteacher at Nettie’s old school, Rugby High, said: “As a school, we were so sad to hear about the earthquake and the impact that it has had on the people of Nepal.

“We were delighted to hear that Nettie had survived the quake and that she is in a position to help those directly affected by this catastrophe.

“The students here have agreed to send £200 to support the work that she is doing. We are really proud of Nettie and her determination to make a difference to the young people of Nepal.”

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