Some of the Sherpa Adventure Gear blankets are handed over

Some of the Sherpa Adventure Gear blankets are handed over

An appeal launched by outdoors brand Sherpa Adventure Gear to help victims of the Nepal earthquakes has so far raised more than £90,000.

The company, based in the country’s capital Kathmandu, has also produced tents and shelters for those made homeless in the April disasters.

More than 8,000 people died and 70,000 homes were destroyed in the first earthquake and subsequent tremors. Sherpa said there have been at least 145 aftershocks and these are still continuing.

A spokesperson for the brand said: “The world immediately came to aid Nepal, and Sherpa Adventure Gear acted promptly.

“Realising the urgent need for shelters, Sherpa Adventure Gear started making waterproof high quality tents and blankets in their factory. They also ordered the medical supplies and 500 pieces of tarpaulin from India.”

The main quake, which had a magnitude of 7.9, also led to avalanches at Everest Base Camp, killing several climbers and Sherpas.

The United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs said an estimated 3 million Nepalese are homeless. As well as the 70,000 homes destroyed, 530,000 homes have been damaged across 39 affected districts.

The organisation said 3.5 million people needed immediate food assistance and more than 1.4 million will require continuous food support for the next three months.

Sherpa Adventure Gear launched its Help Sherpas Help Nepal appeal, including a website where donations can be made. So far, just over $144,000 (about £94,200) has been pledged, just $6,000 short of its original goal.

Anyone wishing to donate should visit the Crowdrise site.

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