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Tug of war pulls in money for the Gurkha Welfare Trust

G4S Secure Solutions (UK And Ireland) : 21 July, 2009  (Company News)
Sponsored event from G4S Gurkha Services raises money for charity which helps Gurkha ex-servicemen who served in the British Armed Forces and returned to their homeland of Nepal
G4S Gurkha Services (G4S) has raised over £1300 for the Gurkha Welfare Trust in their first ever Tug of War competition, held in the grounds of Manor Park in Sutton. It is expected that this amount will also be enhanced by G4S's various sponsorship schemes to match the amount raised by its employees.

With 18 teams from G4S competing, large crowds of G4S employees cheered on their colleagues, and enjoyed a traditional Gurkha lunch laid on by the British Army.

John Whitwam, Managing Director, G4S Gurkha Services presented competition winners the PDT Team (a team of Gurkhas from its Pre-Deployment Training contract) with their prize, and also the runners up with their very own Kukris (the traditional weapon of the Gurkhas).

Whitwam commented: "It's really fantastic to see so many of our employees getting involved. This has been an enjoyable way to get together and raise money for a worthy cause. It comes as little surprise that the PDT won, albeit against very spirited opposition. I hope with some more training another team may win the day next year."

"The event has proved so successful that it is now to be an annual event for us at G4S."

The Gurkha Welfare Trust's remit is to provide financial, medical and community aid to alleviate hardship and distress among Gurkha ex-servicemen of the British Crown and their dependants after they have returned to their homeland of Nepal.

Formed in 2007, G4S Gurkha Services provides managed teams of Gurkha officers for a range of high-end and critical security locations and tasks, including pre-deployment training for the British Army and protection of Critical National Infrastructure (CNI).
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