In Your Hands - Help for Nepal 2015

£13,104 of £30,000 goal

Raised by 73 people in 43 months
Welcome to In Your Hands!

Thank you for visiting this site. 

Pauline Sanderson and Jo Pawley have been good friends for over 40 years and have set up the charity 'In Your Hands' to help raise funds for the people of Nepal after this year’s devastating earthquakes. 

 This is the first year of what we plan to be a five year programme to help the people of Nepal to re-build their lives and homes after the devasting earthquakes in April and May this year.   Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world and we believe it could take that long to rebuild many of its communities due to the extent of the earthquake damage.

Regular updates will be posted here on how the money raised is being spent so that you are able to see the difference this fund raising and any help that you are able to give is making. 

Pauline and Jo  both have strong links to Nepal which have driven them to try and make a difference by organising a series of major fund raising events in September 2015. 

 Pauline's love for Nepal and its people came from living and working there for four years. She worked with Mahendra Thapa at Equator Expeditions an adventure company and lived with his family for the whole time. The Thapa family are now her family. This should go some way to explaining her determination to help.

 Mahendra is currently leading a team in rescuing those affected and organising shelter for those in villages north of Kathmandu. He is a respected leader in the adventure industry and will be one of the key people guiding us when it comes to where our help is most needed when we visit in September. We will keep the blog updated with his progress.

 Jo had made several trips to Nepal.  The first was in 1995.  In October 2014 Jo travelled there with her three children, Josh (14), Sophie (12) and Xanthe (10) to stay with a Nepalese host family and to volunteer in a primary school for some of Nepal’s poorest children.  It was an incredible and really enriching experience for them all of them and they made some wonderful friends.

 On her visit, Jo was lucky enough to meet  Som Paneru who leads the Nepal Youth Foundation and Sanjani Matya who is the Country Director for Nepal for Projects Abroad.  Both Nepal Youth and Projects Abroad are large, well known and excellent charities based in Nepal and both are very much involved in the rescue and rebuild projects going on in Nepal (website details below). We will keep the blog updated with their progress.


A one week road show in the greater London area from Monday September 7th 2015. Pauline is a professional motivational speaker. She will do her talk on The World's Longest Climb to as many audiences as she can. The target is three per day, one in the morning, afternoon and evening.

 The talk involves lots of images, video, anecdotes and laughter about how the Everestmax team successfully went from the lowest place in the world ( the Dead Sea in Jordan) to the summit of Everest.  They were the first people in the world to complete this journey which took almost six months. Reviews and testimonials are available on the website link.

 DATES / morning, afternoon & evening talk available each day from Monday September 7th - Friday 11th September inclusive

For more details on Pauline and the talk please visit

The plan is to have auctions at the larger events as well as an on-line silent auction.


We would love you to contact us ASAP if you think you are able to help in any way including the following:

1) If you work at or own a company that would host a 1 to 2 hour motivational talk for a minimum £2000 donation.  This could either be as a corporate donation or by ticket sales to the talk;

 2) If your children go to a London school that is prepared to fund raise £500+ and use the talk as a fund raiser for Nepal.  For example with the sale of tickets for the talk and/ or with the sale of cakes and drinks.  Maybe also a home clothes day where every student donates a minimum amount ( usually £1)? If it is possible to host an evening event then perhaps tickets could be sold to parents and friends.

 3) If you can offer an item for auction that would be fabulous. We have already had donations of holiday homes, champagne, luggage, personal trainer sessions and even being a personal guest of the Radio 4 Today programme!

4) If you know an auctioneer or someone who would be willing to be the auctioneer at any of the events during the week or could set up an on line silent auction for us.   

5) any other ideas that you think might fit in with the talks.

6) A donation if you would prefer to donate directly


Jo and Pauline plan for every single pound to be donated for the benefit of those affected by the earthquake in Nepal to help rebuild homes and lives.  Pauline and Jo are donating their time for free.  Their aim, as far as possible, is to only use services and venues that are donated to minimise the costs and maximise the money that can be donated.

Jo and Pauline  intend, if possible, to go to Nepal to distribute some of the money personally (they will cover their own costs). They will be taking advice from their friends in Nepal including Mahendra, Som and Sanjani to ensure that the money is used in the best way possible.

Thanks so much for reading this.  It would be wonderful if you can help in any way.  Please contact us if you can.

For details of two of the charities Pauline and Jo will be supporting that shows some of their amazing work please clink on the links below:

Projects Abroad

Nepal Youth Foundation

For anyone who has seen the film “Girl Rising” Suma, the Nepalese Kamlari (bonded slave) in the film was rescued by one of Nepal Youth Foundation’s social workers and Nepal Youth has already done a huge amount to help this group re-build their lives.

Olga Murray ( The founder of Nepal Youth Foundation) interview with CNN on the day of the earthquake
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THANKS TO DONORS AND BIDDERS! The auction has raised over £6500 which means we can build a school without even looking at the other donations!
THANKS THANKS THANKS!!! See our website for updates
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Thank you to all of you wonderful people for your fabulous donations and also to all those other wonderful people who have bid so generously in the auction. Congratulations to the lucky winners. We have raised an amazing £6,155 from the on line auction.THANK YOU, THANK YOU,THANK YOU!!!
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Thank you all SOOOOO MUCH for your support and generosity, especially this week. There has been amazing support from so many people - coming to the talks, donating here and bidding on the fab things in our on line auction. If you haven't had a chance to take a look yet please do so. Some brilliant places and things and experiences to bid for!!!
Thank you!!!
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3 MORE DAYS! The auction bids will be at their busiest this next 3 days so go and put your best bid in for yourself and Nepal!
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Raised by 73 people in 43 months
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