Nirmal Purja, or 'Nims', spent 16 years in the British Army firstly as a Queen's Gurkha Engineer followed by 10 years with UK Special Forces. More recently he has become renowned for his three times Guiness world record mountaineering achievements.
In March 2019 Nims will be taking on ‘Project Possible‘ - 7 new speed world records challenges, the most notable to climb all 14 x 8000m peaks in 7 months and beat the existing record of 7 years, 11 months and 14 days.
Nims will be raising funds for the the UK military to raise awareness of mental health and for Nepalese children's charities and orphanages.
To achieve his record-breaking attempt Nims is seeking financial support and sponsorship to raise a minimum of £750k to fund the 14/7 Expedition.
70 Gurkha Fd Sqn QGE will provide the Queen's Guard and Windsor Guard from 18 February to 12 April 2019. Guards will be provided at Buckingham Palace, St James's Palace, The Tower of London and Windsor Castle (details can be found here). It is the first time The Queen's Gurkha Engineers have carried out public duties since the Gurkha 200 celebrations in 2015, when the Regiment fulfilled part of the Brigade of Gurkhas public duties contingent.
"On posting to the Gurkha Engineers in Kluang in 1963, Captain Tomlinson was presented with a Wilkinson sword by his parents - as required then by the Gurkha Engineers. On one side of the blade was etched in the RE custom, and on the other side with the Gurkha Engineers badge, where by the sword was unique. On leaving the army in 1992 Tomlinson presented the sword and all its accoutrements to the RE Museum for safe keeping. It can no longer be found. Anyone knowing of its whereabouts should kindly arrange its return to the Museum. It may then be used on temporary loan to any QGE Queen's Gurkha Orderly Officer for use on duty during his Orderly Officer tour."
As part of their on-going build-up to the Gurkha 200 celebrations, BFBS Gurkha Radio have been travelling the globe following the activities of units in the Brigade of Gurkhas. In this footage from Forces TV, ex-QGE MT Corporal, Yograj Rai travels from Brunei to the Falkland Islands to meet-up with 69 Gurkha Fd Sqn QGE, currently deployed on Ex KELP FIRE 15. See the Squadron at work and listen to an interview with the Officer Commanding, Major Mark Hendry RE. Click here to watch video.
To comemorate 200 years of outstanding and loyal Gurkha service to the British Crown, Sgt Lal Rana and his two four-man teams from 69 Gurkha Field Squadron are currently in training to take on the Falklands Challenge. On 4 April 2015 the teams will set off in relay from Port San Carlos and, following in the footsteps of 1st Battalion, 7th (Duke of Edinburgh's Own) Gurkha Rifles during the 1982 Campaign, complete the 200km route via Goose Green to finish at Stanley.
The teams have set a target of raising £3,000 for the Gurkha Welfare Trust, the Falkland's Veterans Foundation and Community Action Nepal. If you would like support Sgt Lal and his teams you can make a donation to their cause by going to their Just Giving page.
You can also follow their progress as they continue to prepare for the event by following their Facebook page.