A YOUNG couple who were caught up in the Nepal earthquake are releasing a book to raise money for victims.
Sophie Maliphant and Pete Middleton were four months into a round-the-world trip when the huge earthquake struck in April.
They were unharmed and the creative couple, both 27, have put together an illustrated storybook, The Country That Shook, which they hope will go some way towards easing the plight of the thousands of victims, still homeless.
Pete, from Waterlooville, said: ‘The earthquake was surreal. It seems more like a dream than anything.
‘Our feet were moving in different directions to each other and the sound was coming from deep below the ground.
‘Like a giant’s belly was rumbling, that’s the only way I could describe it.
Our feet were moving in different directions to each other and the sound was coming from deep below the ground. Like a giant’s belly was rumblingPete Middleton
‘We were staying in a guest house just outside Pokhara which wasn’t damaged, luckily.
‘But dust was flying off the roof of the guest house and the tin metal roof was rattling.
‘The guests and the family that runs the place ran out to the grass outside and huddled together not quite knowing what to do.
‘The Nepalese family had never experienced an earthquake either.
‘We had no idea how damaging it had been as after the first big shake it settled down pretty quickly in the city.
‘The wifi was damaged at the guest house so we had no connection to the outside world and we carried on reading our books.’
It was not until they could log on to news channels they realised the full horror of the earthquake.
Following Nepal the couple moved on to India and Sophie started creating the book, pictured left.
She said: ‘Luckily we were unharmed but it was scary. I’ve never felt anything like it.
‘Our hiking guide lost his house and he and many others are still sleeping under tarpaulin in public areas.
‘Many areas are so remote that they’ve received little or no aid.
Sophie and Pete have launched a kickstarter campaign to raise the funds to publish the book.
Backers are asked to contribute to the £2,000 costs and will get rewards in return. So far £1,100 has been raised.
To donate go to kck.st/1NtbT8B.