Teenage Nepal earthquake survivor raises £2,000 to help others

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A TEENAGER and her friends who survived Nepal’s killer earthquake have raised more than £2,000 for survivors in just three days.

Megan Evans thought she’d be buried alive under a pile of rubble as she waited out the 7.8 magnitude earthquake, estimated to have killed more than 6,000 people, after it struck the southern Asian nation on Saturday, April 25.

But almost miraculously, the 18-year-old, teaching in Kathmandu during a gap year, survived, and last Thursday, she was flown home by the British Embassy.

In a bid to help Megan, a former Whitburn Academy student, and her friends, set up a Just Giving account to raise cash for survivors left without homes, food, water or electricity on Friday.

Incredibly, within just three days, the total is already up to £2,135 and their Facebook page called ‘Nepal Earthquake Appeal’ has more than 500 followers.

Megan said: “We can’t believe how quickly the money has been coming in, we’re so grateful people are donating like this.

“A lot of the donations have come from friends and families, but there’s a lot of names we don’t recognise so strangers are chipping in too.”

Megan is also very grateful to Cleadon Methodist Church and her Central Newcastle High School, were she attended sixth form, for helping out.

She said: “We have set a target of £10,000 and we’re already nearly a quarter of the way there, so we will just keep going as we want to raise as much as possible for those left behind.

“This is their life now, and they will be suffering for years to come. People really do need to donate and help.”

To donate to the Nepal survivors, visit www.justgiving.com/earthquakenepalappeal.

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