Specialist insurer Ecclesiastical has donated £25,000 to the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal for the victims of the Nepal earthquake.
The 7.8 magnitude quake struck on Saturday 25 April, leaving over 4,300 people dead, a figure which is expected to rise. Nepal’s major cities have sustained serious damage; transport and critical infrastructure have been badly affected, with huge numbers of people left homeless.
Mark Hews, Ecclesiastical’s Group Chief Executive said: “The scale and severity of the damage in Nepal has touched us all deeply; at least one member of staff has family living in Kathmandu, but thankfully they are all safe and sound. In the circumstances, we feel that making a contribution to the DEC’s appeal at this time is the right thing to do for a business like ours with its roots in charity
We’re aware that there’s an urgent need for emergency shelter, food, clean water and blankets, which is why we want to support the great work that DEC member agencies are doing in the region”
Gloucester-based Ecclesiastical has committed to donate £50m to charity between 2014 and 2016. In 2014 the Group donated a total of £25.2m towards this goal.