Fund-raising model to visit quake-hit village in Nepal

Cara Stevens, left, and Stacey  Clegg show they have a lot of heart
Cara Stevens, left, and Stacey Clegg show they have a lot of heart
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A model has pledged to raise thousands of pounds for villagers left homeless by the earthquake in Nepal.

Cara Stevens, who also works in Blackpool as a personal trainer, has teamed up with an actress pal to raise vital funds for the crisis-hit nation.

As we watched the disastrous events unfold, including the tragic events on Everest, it became obvious that our trip might no longer be feasible

Now she plans to travel to Nepal to find out how funds can best be spent to improve things for refugees from the earthquake.

Cara, from Poulton, said: “Next year I am 30 and my partner Stephen Thorpe will be 50 and we were planning to make the trek to Everest base camp.

“As we watched the disastrous events unfold, including the tragic events on Everest, it became obvious that our trip might no longer be feasible.”

A former teacher of Cara’s, Jeremy Mannino, assistant headteacher at St Mary’s Catholic Academy in Blackpool, is director of the Impact Foundation that runs a school project, the Shubhakamana Academy in Nepal.

For more than a decade Mr Mannino has been leading expeditions to the academy with pupils.

Since the earthquake, the school has been used as a refuge for families hit by the quake which claimed 8,000 lives.

Cara decided to help and met actress Stacey Clegg through social media after she advertised plans for a fund-raising photo-shoot.

She soon had 50 photographers, models, make-up artists and hairdressers paying £10 for the experience with all the money going to help Nepal.

Stacey, who owns SCP photography studio in Little Dale Street, Rochdale, offered free use of her studio for the charity shoot, on Sundays July 19 and July 26 from 10am-4pm.

Cara and Stephen are still planning a trip to Nepal next February but now to help with the charity.

Cara said: “It may not be the trip we planned, but the work facing Shubhakamana and the Impact Foundation group is no less daunting than Everest itself,.

“The money we raise will go straight to the foundation to be spent in Nepal immediately.”

Stacey’s TV acting credits include Emmerdale, No Offence and Shameless.

The duo are planning a host of other events, including a battle of the bands in Manchester, a family fun day in Rossendale, a charity football match in Blackpool, a gala night and a sky dive.

If anyone wants to help with the project contact nepalfundraisingevents@gmail.com