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INSURANCE workers kicked off their new fundraising scheme by donating to people affected by the earthquakes in Nepal.

Protected.co.uk, based in Fareham, raised money on Friday for those in need after two recent deathly earthquakes destroyed their homes.

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Luke Ashworth, chief executive of Protected.co.uk, has been to Nepal and his brother’s friend of many years Achut Karki, who lives there, has been badly affected by the disaster.

Mr Karki’s home and village, Karkithok near Kathmandu where the earthquake struck, has been completely destroyed.

Protected.co.uk, which provides life insurance from its office in Fareham, has vowed that for every insurance policy taken out on a Friday the company will donate £10 to a charity in Nepal.

The company expects to raise more than £1,000.

Last Friday was the first of the ‘Charity Friday’ project at the company, which will see its 120 employees come together every month to raise money for charity.

The fundraising day began with Mr Ashworth giving a presentation to his team showing the damage that has been done in Nepal.

He said: ‘We have started charity Fridays by helping out those who need it most. These people are worrying about where to find water, or how to cope with surviving when family members have died.’

Nepalese games were also played in the morning and Himalyan buttered tea was served around the office at lunch time.

The company has done many fun fundraising events over the years, which include turning up at work dressed as superheroes or animals,

The company has raised money for charities such as Comic Relief, Naomi House and breast cancer charities in the past.

Simon Williams, a compliance executive at Protected.co.uk, said: ‘It’s really good to be part of something like this, especially coming from a company where we protect families, to help out families on the other side of the world is a great feeling.’