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Aid agencies to make television appeal for Nepal funds

Leading UK aid agencies are to make a television appeal to raise funds for the disaster relief efforts in Nepal following Saturday's earthquake.

Joanna Lumley will front the advert. Credit: PA Wire

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Nepal Earthquake Appeal will be screened on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky tomorrow.

Actress Joanna Lumley will front the advert and she said she had been left "deeply saddened" by the tragedy.

The death toll has surpassed 4,000, with officials warning it could rise further as rescue teams reach more remote areas.


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Joanna Lumley Credit: Reuters

Other figures supporting the scheme include Apprentice star and entrepreneur Karren Brady, actress Joanna Lumley and the head chef of The Ivy restaurant, Gary Lee.