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A community fund set up by councillors is helping fund a local firefighter’s flight to Nepal to take part in a humanitarian mission.

Jason Tait, a Gedling borough resident, is one of a select team going to the Kakarbhitta region of Nepal to train 30 ex-Gurkhas.

A cross-party councillor community fund, set up by Gedling Borough Council, awarded Jason Tait, a fire fighter from Nottinghamshire Fire Service, £750. Councillor Sandra Barnes also made an individual member donation of £250 to Jason’s humanitarian mission, providing a total of £1,000 to go towards his travel costs.

The aim of Jason’s mission is to provide vital training on how to deal with emergencies in their own communities, through education and training them how to use two donated ‘retired’ fire engines provided by the Fire Service.

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Leader of the Council, Councillor John Clarke said: “We’re really happy to help with funding Jason’s trip to Nepal and our cross party Borough-wide grants panel agreed that it’s for a great cause. We fully support Jason and wish him the best of luck in Nepal.”

Jason Tait said: “I am so grateful for this contribution to the project and cannot thank Gedling Borough Council members enough for giving me this opportunity to help so many people, making their lives so much safer.”

People interested in helping out by providing financial support to ITAP or by donating hand tools and equipment such as shovels and pickaxes are asked to contact ITAP on

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