Sheffield businessman’s exhibition to raise Nepal funds

Peter with his exhibition

Peter with his exhibition

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A Sheffield photographer is hosting an exhibition of images he shot in Nepal - to raise vital funds to assist in the relief effort.

Peter Bennion has visited the country many times in the past 35 years and said when news of the disaster first reached him, he knew he had to do something to help.

Peter, who runs the Natural Bed Company on Devonshire Street with his wife Bev, has displayed 15 images from his own private collection of Nepal images, in the store.

The 66-year-old said: “Nepal is such a beautiful country and there are some iconic architectural photos, such as the Buddha’s eyes in Kathmandu, but other images include a wild Mustang horse cresting a hilltop, a young woman with her sewing machine and monsoon rains.

“I first visited Nepal in 1980 and fell in love with the people, the landscape and the wonderful towns of the Kathmandu Valley. My wife and I have visited twice in the last couple of years and have good friends out there who, thankfully, are all safe.

“The aftershocks have settled down and our friends have returned to their homes - but many are damaged and the race is on to keep out the monsoon rain. We are sending funds direct to buy building materials for the damaged villages.

The earthquake in April this year, and its resulting landslides and avalanches, killed more than 8,800 people and injured more than 25,000. It also left hundreds of thousands of people homeless, with entire villages flattened across the country.

Peter, of Netheredge, added: “The media news is often about Kathmandu but the smaller towns of Patan and Bhaktapur were also badly damaged.

“I hear that life in the towns is getting back to some sort of normality but help is desperately needed in the countryside where whole villages have been flattened, many houses damaged and water supplies are still contaminated.

“The monsoon always reeks havoc in Nepal. Each time we go we’ve had to walk across landslides where the hillside has collapsed and severed the road. Last September on our way to Tibet, the main road was cut by a landslide and we had to change our plans. A small inconvenience for us but the landslide also swept away a whole village.”

The exhibition will run until the end of July. Visit www.bringingitallbackhome.co.uk or the store to order prints.

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