Public’s generosity sees Waterlooville couple’s earthquake appeal book published

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  • Couple from Waterlooville went on a round-the-world trip
  • While in Nepal a devastating earthquake struck
  • They were uninjured but decided to publish a book to help raise funds for those left homeless
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A YOUNG couple have released a book to raise money for victims of the Nepal earthquake after experiencing the devastating disaster first hand.

Sophie Maliphant and Peter Middleton, both from Waterlooville, started a Kickstarter fundraising campaign to help get Sophie’s illustrated book, The Country That Shook, published.

We’re really proud of what we have achieved so far

Peter Middleton

The original aim was to raise £2,200.

But, to the couple’s astonishment, 106 backers pledged £3,075 towards the cause.

Sophie, an artist who specialises in illustration, created the hand-illustrated storybook to help those who have been left homeless by the earthquake which struck in April.

The couple were in the country as part of a world-wide backpacking trip.

Peter, 27, said: ‘We’re really proud of what we have achieved so far but there are still a lot of hurdles ahead of us.’

The couple, who are now volunteering in Vietnam, travelled to Shenzhen in southern China to meet the printing company they chose to produce their book.

They also managed to visit the factory which made their book.

The printing press also produced a poster, and with the book, left China on a cargo ship to reach the UK.

The first order of 1,250 books has now reached the UK shores and Sophie’s parents are helping out by distributing the books around the world.

Twelve independent bookshops asked to stock the books before they had even arrived to the UK.

Limited edition screen printed T-shirts, which were made on the Isle of Wight, are also on sale online.

Peter, who has now been travelling for more than a year, added: ‘We have met many people on our travels who are helping us to share the project online, which is amazing.’

Sophie’s brother, Leo raised money for Community Action Nepal by cycling from England to Rome.

During the summer he managed to raise £853 after cycling almost 1500 miles in 24 days.

To see more about the project and to order a copy of the book, which is priced at £10, visit