Mayor of Merton, Councillor Agatha Akyigyina, with Sir David Brewer and Claire Whelan OBE, today signed a book of condolence to show support for the people of Nepal in the aftermath of the earthquake which hit the region earlier this week.
A book is available in the entrance to the civic centre for visitors to sign and leave a message of support for the people of Nepal. The book will be sent to the Embassy of Nepal, Friday 8 May.
Support available to those who have family and friends in Nepal
According to the 2011 census, there are 370 Nepalese residents in Merton. For anyone worried about friends and family in Nepal, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has set up a helpline – 020 7008 000.
It is also possible to send details online through https://overseas-crisis.service.gov.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Red Cross is also offering support to those who have lost contact with family members following the earthquake.
If you would like to donate to the disaster appeal, the Disaster Emergency Committee is one organisation which you can support.
Mayor of Merton Councillor Agatha Akyigyina said: “We have all seen the television coverage of Nepal which has been devastated by the earthquake and its aftershocks. I know that there are many in our community in Merton who are from the region and who will have family and friends there. We also have colleagues at the council who have been touched directly by the disaster. We are thinking of them all and our book of condolence will serve to demonstrate our support for Nepal and the work they have ahead to rebuild the area as well as to recognise their huge loss at this very difficult time that the country faces.”