Nepal earthquake: One year on

A Nepalese woman rests in front of a damaged monastery at the world heritage Swayambhunath Stupa. Credit: PA

Today marks one year since a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal.

It was the country's worst natural disaster for 80 years, killing more than 8,000 people and injuring many thousands more.

Many people in Cumbria and the South of Scotland were affected by the disaster, and local charities have raised more than one million pounds to support the victims.

Cumbria's Nepalese community

Hundreds of Nepalese people now live and work in Cumbria; many of them Gurkha veterans.

There are two major groups of Nepalese expatriates in Cumbria: Cumbria Nepal and Nepalese Association Carlisle.

Many of them still have family and friends in Nepal, who were injured or had their homes destroyed by the earthquake.

Netra Limbu's son-in-law was killed when the tower he was climbing in Kathmandu collapsed.

Members of the Carlisle Nepalese Association raise money Credit: ITV Border

Climbing communities

The stunning landscapes in the Lake District and the South of Scotland make this region popular with climbers.

Legendary climber Doug Scott - the first Briton to reach the summit of Mount Everest - has been back to Nepal many times.

He runs the charity Community Action Nepal, which has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds to fund schools and medical centres.

Since the earthquake they've been raising money to support the victims, and this weekend hundreds of people climbed Catbells with head torches to generate more funds for the charity.

The event was led by Lakeland Mountain Guides.

The event at Catbells Credit: Photos by Carmen

National response

The Disasters Emergency Committee, a collection of aid agencies including Oxfam and Save The Children, work together to raise funds when major catastrophes happen.

They raised £87 million from the UK public to support the relief effort.

However, many charities have criticised the Nepalese government for a perceived slowness in rebuilding damaged buildings.

Thousands of people in Nepal are still without proper homes, and will be spending a second monsoon season in camps.

Find out more about the Disaster Emergency Committee's work.