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Lal's family have tried to get the court to allow Lal to stay here with No Recourse to Public Funds, meaning she is entirely dependant on them and does not take anything from the state but the case was refused earlier in May. In The next few weeks, if nothing changes, Lal will be deported to Nepal where her old house has been unused since the 2015 Earthquake. It has structural damage and is rat and cockroach infested. More importantly, Lal has no family members there and will be alone. If she returns to Nepal she is not allowed entrance to the UK for 5 years, by which time she will be 80 and possibly unable to travel, especially as she is already frail and unwell. She wishes to live her last years with family close by, benefiting the local economy and taking nothing from the country which her family has served for half a century.

Major Udai Gurung MBE, Chair of Colchester Nepalese Society, has served the British Armed Forces for his entire adult life and is close to his 50 years’ service award. His sister, Lal, was widowed early in her adult life and Major Gurung has often shared his home with her during his years of service, either in Germany while serving abroad or more recently here in Colchester, Essex. Lal is 75 years old, frail and unwell. Here in Colchester she lives with her brother and his family in his 6-bedroom house. Her brother has health Insurance which covers all her needs. She is not a burden to anyone and enjoys a simple life, warmly cared for by family and able to join the local Ghurkha community in many activities.

Major Gurung says his family will happily continue to welcome Lal to share their home and paying her expenses. He says, ‘I am reciprocating her selfless time, devotion and dedication rendered to the family over her entire life.’

Lal says ‘Over the last few years I have been with my brother’s family, I feel am looked after extremely well. At the age of 75 years I don’t think I can be looked after so well by anyone in Nepal. Here I get loving home and care including excellent food (I have put some weight since I have arrived in the UK). I like UK so much. I live with my brother, his wife, son, daughter-in-law and their three years old son in a six bedroom house. I love to be with my nephew’s son and he adores me and so do I. It will be very difficult for me to leave my nephew’s son and whole family and return to Nepal.’

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