Comment: It's Britain's Turn To Fight For The Gurkha Community

For 200 years Nepal has given up the bravest of its young men to Britain - often in the knowledge that they may never return.

Some 46,000 Nepalese soldiers having died fighting for the Crown and ultimately for the freedom of the people of the United Kingdom.

Now it is time for us to fight for them. 

Members of the Nepalese and Gurkha community in the UK have been left feeling helpless as they watch endless scenes of their devastated Himalayan homeland.

Desperate for information, many have been unable to contact loved ones, especially in the remote hill towns from where the British Army Gurkha Regiments draw their ranks.

Nowhere is that growing sense of grief and frustration more keenly felt than in Aldershot. 

The garrison town is home to many of the 11,000 ex-Gurkhas and their families who have chosen to settle in the UK after completing their military service.

There, in an extremely close-knit community - the like of which can only be forged from men having fought in combat together - people are well-versed in pooling resources, sharing information and providing support.

The British political establishment has been quick to respond with word and deed.

Among them the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who told Sky News "The Gurkhas have done so much for us, we now need to support them in their hour of anxiety and need."

An opinion echoed by General Sir Peter Wall, Colonel Commandant of the Brigade of Gurkhas "We have seen the immense damage in Kathmandu on our television screens, but we can only imagine the impact in the hills, on our retired Gurkha community, and on dependants of serving Brigade."

To borrow a slogan from a War which saw 200,000 Gurkhas serve in the British Army.. Their country needs you. 

The Gurkha Welfare Trust has set up a relief fund appeal to help those affected. Details can be found here.

To find out more about the DEC's Nepal Earthquake Appeal please click here.