Chris Haywood, Topher’s managing director, has applauded Prince Harry’s visit to Nepal this week, saying “The world’s press is very interested in the Prince, and his visit to Nepal will do a great deal to raise awareness of the Gurkha Welfare Trust and its reconstruction efforts following the 2015 earthquakes.”
Topher’s core workforce is composed of former Gurkha soldiers, and the company strongly supports the welfare of its employees, and by extension their families and communities in Nepal. After the devastating earthquakes that struck the country last year, Topher staff began raising money for earthquake relief immediately, and one of Topher’s clients, RHS Wisley in Surrey, joined its efforts by raising awareness and collecting donations of clothing and funds.
Topher has given its support to the Gurkha Welfare Trust for many years, as Chris Haywood explained, “With so many ex-Gurkha soldiers on our team, the Gurkha Welfare Trust has long been the focus of our charitable activities. Seeing the work that the Trust is doing in Nepal, where it is leading the reconstruction efforts, and providing financial and development aid to veterans and their families, I’m very pleased that Prince Harry has visited Nepal and highlighted the ongoing work of the Gurkha Welfare Trust.”
Prince Harry, who served as part of the 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles in Afghanistan, also took part in a wreath laying ceremony to honour the Gurkha soldiers killed in service to the crown, where he met serving Gurkha soldiers, veterans and their families.