Mark goes to aid of stricken Nepalese

Mark Conway is in Nepal providing help after the devastating earthquake the country suffered
Mark Conway is in Nepal providing help after the devastating earthquake the country suffered
  • Mark Conway has flown to Nepal to help with the relief efforts after the earthquake
  • He works as an emergency planner for Central Beds Council
  • A Shefford couple are due to arrive home from the disaster on Sunday
  • Clive and Heather Wilkinson were caught up in the disaster during a month long trip
  • Over 5,500 people have so far lost their lives in the country

An emergency planner from Biggleswade has flown to Nepal to help with the earthquake relief effort in the devastated country.

Mark Conway, 34, who is married with two children, has worked in emergency planning for almost 15 years, and has led major projects both in local and regional government.

Mark also leads on community resilience and voluntary sector engagement in emergency services and currently works for Central Beds Council.

He joined SERVE ON, with whom he is in Nepal, in 1997 and has been deployed to earthquakes in India, Algeria, Iran and Pakistan.

SERVE ON is a charity registered organisation consisting of serving and ex-firefighters and servicemen as well as other individuals active in the emergency planning and response sector.

Aaron Murphy, Mark’s fellow Emergency Planning Officer at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “We are immensely proud of Mark dropping everything, including leaving his wife and two young children at home, to provide much needed assistance in Nepal.

We are immensely proud of Mark dropping everything, including leaving his wife and two young children at home, to provide much needed assistance in Nepal.

Aaron Murphy, Mark’s fellow Emergency Planning Officer at Central Bedfordshire Council

“We are fortunate that these incidents seldom occur in the UK and indeed Bedfordshire, we are also very fortunate that we have such highly skilled, well trained Emergency Service and Armed Forces staff readily available to deploy should such an incident occur in the UK.”

Also in Nepal, a rescue mission has been launched to get a Shefford man and his wife home safely from the earthquake stricken country.

Fire station crew commander Clive Wilkinson, and his wife Heather, were caught up in the disaster during a month-long trip to the country.

The firefighter, who has been sponsoring a girl from the country for the last 10 years, got in touch with his sister Karen Wilkinson-Bell here in the UK shortly after the devastating earthquake had struck. The 30 second conversation was to let the couple’s loved ones know that they were alive.

Fears grew after no word was heard for several days afterwards but the relived family received a brief voicemail on Tuesday afternoon from Clive.

Niece Eve Wilkinson-Bell said: “They have said they are safe and that is all. We were so worried about them especially because we had heard about avalanches and after-shocks.”

It has since been learned that Clive and Heather, will be returning from Kathmandu on Sunday, arriving at Heathrow airport at about 7.35am.

His sister Karen and other family members will be there to welcome him home.

The earthquake is so far confirmed to have killed more than 5,500 people with charities making an international appeal for help.