Gurkha Memorial Fund 

Since the year 2000, Shorncliffe and Risborough Barracks in Folkestone have been the permanent home of the second battalion of the Royal Gurkha Rifles.

 

Dhan Gurung has lead The Gurkha Memorial Fund appeal for five years and the statue that has been made is designed as a unique memorial in Folkestone to the contribution of the Gurkhas marking our respect for their service, and also the positive role they are playing as part of the wider community. It would, in turn, enhance the town and its reputation as a positive, friendly place that welcomes and respects the traditions and influence of the Gurkha and ex-Gurkha residents.

 

A royal representative is "most certainly" going to be at the unveiling of a memorial statue to the Gurkhas along with campaigner and actress Joanna Lumley.

 

Miss Lumley, who has been a long supporter of Gurkha welfare and whose father served as a British Gurkha officer in the Second World War, was confirmed this week as one of the guests of honour for the unveiling.

 

Despite being one of the most renowned and respected parts of the British Army, there is currently no permanent memorial in Folkestone and very few in the country. It will mark their contribution to the UK and the distinguished service to Britain dating back 200 years – the Gurkhas first joined the British Army in 1815.

 

 The memorial is designed to remember and commemorate their sacrifice where over 46,000 have died in service of the country and 13 Victoria Crosses have been awarded to Gurkhas in the British Army.

The Nepalese community in the town has raised more than £60,000 since 2009.

"It was a really long campaign and the people of Folkestone are really excited to have this unique Gurkha memorial statue," said organiser Dhan Gurung.