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.
In support of the Gurkha Welfare Trust 'Gurkha 200 Appeal' the 'Bhuro Sahebs' will once again be entering as a QGEA team in TRAILWALKER 15, 25-26 July 2015. The Association chairman, Tony Harking and Graham Gibbs will this year be accompanied by Dirgha Saheb from 69 Sqn and the Association social secretary, Ian Moore. We wish them the very best of luck!
If you would like to support the Association team, please visit Graham Gibb's Just Giving page.