Mercy trip a life-changer

November 19, 2018 Charity Initiatives and Events

Helping desperate people in Nepal after a devastating earthquake destroyed their homes, has also changed the life of iPSL fund-raiser Paul Coxon.

A four day trek in May, through the mountains from Kathmandu to a remote village, spurred him on to raise £1,800 and he has made a long term commitment to continue helping the people he met.

“This really has changed my life. I went out there planning to give so much to them, but actually it worked the other way around,” says the IT Service Continuity Manager who joined iPSL last October.

“I learnt so much from these beautiful people about what is important in life.

“I was reduced to tears when I first saw the dreadful conditions in which they were living; surviving in the ruins of their homes, whole families packed into one small room with their animals,” he says.

Paul heard about the desperate need of the villagers of Thangpalkot1 through a friend, who set up the charity The Campbell Foundation to help rebuild the 80 houses destroyed in the ‘quake three years ago.

Paul has so far raised funds with sponsored challenges, including the 100 mile RideLondon cycle ride for two years running.

He still works part time in his previous role as a fitness instructor, taking early morning and weekend classes. He is already lining up more fund-raising challenges. “I hope to go back out to Nepal next year to see the progress in the village.

“There are many more building projects, including the school, which need our help and I am also supporting a family there,” adds Paul, pictured above with the elders.

“This is a life-changing commitment for me.”