In 2002 whilst travelling through Tibet and Nepal Gary met Akka (DCWC in Nepal) in Kathmandu and listened to Akkas vision for the charity he had started in 2000. On returning to the UK Gary started fund raising activities with wife Sharon spending a lot of the their spare time doing car boot sales, charity walks and other fund raising activities. They also set up Pink Lotus a company selling Buddhist Dharma products and Thangka aimed at ethical trading and giving work and skills to Nepali craftsmen. A year later along with wife Sharon, they decided a charity was needed here in the UK. In 2004 they set up DCWC Nepal (later to be named Love Nepal) as a UK registered charity and have watched it grow in strength and numbers since then. Gary visits Nepal three times a year and has been there to oversee most Love Nepal projects and annual Everest base camp treks.  
  James is techy at Love Nepal. He originally made his living through media and web design and that was how he first made contact with Gary and Sharon back in 2005. On hearing about our Everest base camp treks, without a second thought he declared himself in for the 2006 trek. After being present at the opening of Kalika Malika he became a trustee in 2006. James ran a youth group at Cleveleys Methodist Church and through 2007 - 2008 he co-ordinated various fund raising projects, which culminated in them raising sufficient to build a school. James took a group out to Nepal to open the school. With his wealth of experience at dealing with youngsters James is a hit with the children at schools both here and in Nepal.  
  Patricks connection with the charity stretches back to Akkas (DCWC president in Nepal) first visit to UK in 2004. On visiting Patricks shop we got on to talking about Nepal and Everest. Patrick had been reading an Everest book and signed up to do the trek for 2005 with his wife Carole. Whilst out in Nepal, after doing the trek, Patrick was part of a group to visit a school in Nagarkot to do a clothes distribution. In the ensuing year the charity started to rapidly expand and he and Carole were brought in as trustees in 2006. Patrick seems to know anyone who's worth knowing on the variety circuit in Blackpool and his son Jamie is the manager of Joe Longthorne. This has always been a big bonus to the charity when it comes to events, as we are never short of contacts and people willing to help.