Joanna Lumley OBE joins Ghurka to celebrate the launch of the G200 collection for The Gurkha Welfare Trust marking 200 years of service to the Crown
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Ghurka USA, and an event in celebration of their anniversary alongside The Gurkha Welfare Trust marked an important date in London’s social calendar.
Joanna Lumley, wearing her Kukri pin, was temporarily in residence at Fortnum & Mason, to support The Gurkha Welfare Trust and launch a special collaboration between Ghurka USA and The Gurkha Welfare Trust to raise funds for the charity's vital work in supporting Gurkhas and their families in Nepal. The two came together to launch a limited edition set of luggage, 50 pieces of each, called the Gurkha200 collection, of which 25% of the sales will go directly to The Gurkha Welfare Trust to help those in need in Nepal. G200 Champagne created for the G200 celebrations this year by P. Brugnon, was served to further contribute to the funds, and the Gurkha piper played emotional tunes from their military repertoire.
To support the launch and the Ghurka partnership with both Fortnum & Mason and the Trust, the Gurkha Museum in Winchester also drafted in an installation of a curated display of Gurkha regimental memorabilia.
Amongst the brand ambassadors and guests, the event saw Field Marshall Sir John Chapple GCB CBE DL and Trustee Diana Donovan OBE join the party festivities, with English mountaineer and alpinist Kenton Cool; writer, photographer and explorer Levison Wood; actors of TV and stage Ben Starr and Stefan Booth. Lifestyle editors and journalists came to review the collections, amongst which Dylan Jones, Robert Johnston, Farhad Haydari, Colin Cameron, Claire Zambuni, Lucy Clelland, Bill Prince, Simon Crompton, James Sherwood and Lisa Granger, to name a few.
CEO of Ghurka, John Reuter flew in from New York with Pam Bristow, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Brand Strategy, and Richard Wrightman, Ghurka's master furniture craftsman who designed and created the Officers Field Set, of which there are only 3 in the world, with 100% of the proceeds going to The Gurkha Welfare Trust.
Image: Joanna and the bespoke officer’s field set
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