A school's year of fundraising events to support the people of Nepal's Kathmandu Valley has got off to an amazing £20,000 start.

The ACS Egham International School in London Road has a long-term relationship with Jana Bhawana primary school and has been raising funds for the last four years.

Staff, family and friends organised a three course banquet which raised the £20,000 for Project Nepal.

In the last three years funds raised by the school have built five classrooms, a community football pitch and installed running water and electricity. Project Nepal has also sponsored a number of university degrees for Jana Bhawana graduates in Kathmandu.

The annual dinner dance kicked off a string of 2018 fundraising events. Guests took part in a charity auction, won prizes that included luxury wine hampers and Judo classes. Many of the prizes had been guests.

Lauren Kelley, Project Nepal director, said: “This is the fourth year of a five-year project in Nepal, following on from the success of ‘Project Kenya’. I’m always extremely proud of our ACS students, parents and staff who commit whole-heartedly to fundraising every year to provide new resources for the school.”

ACS Egham’s humanitarian projects are embraced by the whole school community, with lower school movie nights and clothing donations throughout the year.

In addition to fundraising, a team of 30 ACS Egham High School students are currently training for the annual two-week charity expedition in the spring. Students will spend time volunteering at Jana Bhawana primary school and trekking 70km, experiencing the Nepalese culture first hand.