“We need him home.”
That is the message from the mother of a Kirkham backpacker caught up in the devastating earthquake in Nepal.
Jonathan Blott – known as Jonnie – had only flown out to Nepal on April 9, to trek in the area with his German girlfriend Lena Holderer, 26, before planning to move onto Cambodia and Vietnam.
The 24-year-old, who attended Kirkham St Michaels School and St Annes College, had just finished a masters science degree at UCL in London, before heading out to trek in the Langtang Valley.
He had met up with lifelong friend, 25-year-old Sam Stalker and his girlfriend, Dhwani, for the trek.
The Gazette reported yesterday how Sam, also from Kirkham, had been caught up with Jonathan, close to the centre of the earthquake – which killed thousands when it struck the Gorkha district, on Saturday.
Sam’s mum Freda spoke of her harrowing wait, until receiving a text message saying the pair were safe, but stranded, in the devastated valley – desperately waiting for rescue.
Later information from Indian contacts has informed the families they do have access to food.
Jonathan’s family – mum Jayne, dad John and sister Rosie – have heard nothing further from the two men, who have been friends since they were toddlers.
Jayne, of Kirkham, said: “The only reason we knew anything was because Sam’s girlfriend somehow happened to get a text message out. We’ve had nothing official.
“We’ve had no help from the authorities. Most of the information seems to be coming through social media and Google people finder.
“They are just stranded, and we don’t know how or when they will get rescued.
“Now we are just waiting and praying.
“Jonathan and Lena are such a lovely, bright young couple.
“We are in touch with Sam’s mum and dad – they are the only two people who understand how we feel at the moment.
“We just need him home.”
According to Google Person Finder, it is believed Jonathan and Lena have been seen at a guest house, or hostel, in the area.
The earthquake has killed more than 4,000 people, injuring more than 6,500.
The authorities are said to be struggling to cope, despite aid efforts.
Helicopters have been rescuing climbers stranded on Mount Everest when the disaster struck.