The father of a four-year-old boy with cancer wants to thank people across Bradford for attending the Govindbhai Foundation’s dinner dance and helping to raise more than £6,750 for CLIC Sargent, a cause close to his heart.
The dinner dance held at the Aagrah restaurant in Bradford, attracted nearly 240 guests and raised money for CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people and a school for the blind in India. The event, the sixth organised by the Foundation, was inspired by Paresh Rathod’s son Rohan, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia two years ago. Rohan is currently having chemotherapy treatment at Leeds General Infirmary. His family were provided with emotional and practical support by their CLIC Sargent Social Worker.
Paresh told how his son fell ill. “It all started one bank holiday weekend when Rohan was playing,” he said. “We noticed that he had lots of bruises on his legs and we were concerned because he hadn’t recently had an accident or fallen over or anything. My wife and I took him to hospital, they did some tests and a few hours later he was diagnosed with leukaemia.
“It all happened so quickly and we were so confused and shocked. We just didn’t know what to do. Luckily, our CLIC Sargent Social Worker Laura was around straightaway with a friendly smile. She answered any questions we had, and during Rohan’s treatment she helped us to apply for Disability Living Allowance and Carer’s Allowance, things that we would have never known that we were entitled to.
“I know how important a charity like CLIC Sargent is for families, like ours, affected by childhood cancer, and that’s why it was so heart-warming to see so many people at the event. I’ve been really inspired by the people of Bradford and I want to thank everyone for being so supportive.”
The money raised will help to fund CLIC Sargent’s care professionals who provide emotional and practical support for families like the Rathods at Leeds General Infirmary and St James’s Hospital, and will help to fund two of the charity’s Homes from Home, which provide families with a free place to stay close to hospital.
Highlights of the evening included entertainment from magician Carl Royle and music by Evallance. Generous bidding on auction items including Usain Bolt signed memorabilia and a weekend in Paris helped boost the total raised.
The dinner and dance also raised £6759 for the Mamta Welfare Trust.
Harkishan Mistry from the Govindbhai Foundation said: "I'm really proud the GB Foundation has found a way to raise so much money for charity consistently year after year. We're close to raising an overall total of £85,000; an amazing achievement for a local family who simply decided to give fundraising a try in the hope we could make a difference. Seeing the great work done by charities like CLIC Sargent continues to motivate us and we are looking to smash the £100,000 figure next year.”
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