Berwick family survive Nepal earthquake

Logan Brown, director of Border Livestock Exchange
Logan Brown, director of Border Livestock Exchange

A Berwick family is safe and well in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, following the massive earthquake which has claimed the lives of thousands of people.

Logan and Karen Brown, and their children Isla and Angus, were taking part in a Himalayan trek to raise money for cancer charities.

Mr Brown, a director of Border Livestock Exchange, phoned his work colleagues on Monday to say that they were okay.

“He’s in Kathmandu and they are all safe and well,” said a colleague. “He said it had been a very scary experience for them.

“He’s now trying to get flights back to the UK organised and is hoping to get back into Manchester on Thursday.”

Logan and Karen, who also run a B&B in Berwick, had met up with daughter Isla, currently working in Australia, and son Angus, currently in Japan, to tackle the 21 day ‘Himalayan Challenge’.

The trek was due to take ‘Team Brown’ over mountain passes more than 5km high as far as Everest Base Camp.

Four years ago Karen and Logan, with other friends, raised nearly £50,000 on the Three Peaks Challenge in Britain. This time they were raising money for Macmillan and Cancer Research.

Saturday’s huge earthquake, which measured 7.8 on the Richter scale, is now known to have killed 3,726 people and injured 6,500.

A major rescue effort is underway with Nepal saying it needs everything from helicopters and blankets to paramedics and drivers.

At least 200 climbers have now been rescued around Mount Everest, after the quake triggered avalanches.

There are shortages of water, food and electricity, while disease is also a concern, and thousands have been left homeless.

A journalist from the Scottish Borders and his family were also said to be safe but stranded. David Knox was with his wife Aileen and young daughter Jess.

Mr Knox’s family back home posted a message on Facebook to say they were “alive and safe”.