Weʼre raising £450 to build a bench for my family to remember my grandfather.
- London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, London, UK
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I am a 14 year old girl with a story to share about my grandfather. My aim is to collect the funds to build a bench in my grandparents local park, where they often took me, my brother and cousins.
My grandfather grew up in India where he trained as a doctor. Not long after he had qualified as a doctor, he was sent to England to start a new life as England was in need of doctors and my grandfather needed money for his family. He had to leave his wife (my grandmother) and his two daughters who at the time were aged 3 and 5 years old. When my grandfather had made enough money, my mother, aunt and grandmother joined him in England where they have lived for over 40 years.
My grandfather has always played a huge part in my life and I have always had a special connection to him. He has stuck by me through thick and thin whether that was through my anorexia and anxiety, which I am still battling, my parent's divorce or bad days at school.
His life story has always fascinated me but I don't know how much longer he will be here to hold my hand through my struggles. Throughout all my hospital admissions with my eating disorder my grandfather would come and comfort me regardless of his own personal health however now as I am attempting recovery, he is becoming sicker and sicker.
My grandfather has always suffered from asthma and type 2 diabetes but lately his health has taken a turn for the worst. He now has to continuously inject himself for his diabetes as his diagnosis has changed and has become worse. He is also suffering from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis which causes progressive scarring to the lungs. This has made it increasingly difficult for him to breathe and of course this isn't helped by his asthma. He was put on medication for this however it led to him having a loss of appetite and extreme vomiting and diarrhoea. Because of this his weight has decrease by around 20kg in the last 6 months and everyday it continues to drop. He has been taken off of this medication now due to the side effects however this means that his fibrosis is getting increasingly worse. To top it all off; due to all of his medical conditions and being bed bound my grandfather is now also battling depression.
This is why I am asking for your help. I would like to raise the money to build a personalised bench for my grandfather in the park where he helped to raise me. At this point we are all getting desperate and doing anything we can to put a smile on my grandfather's face in his last few weeks of living. So please, if you can, help me to achieve my goal and help make my grandfather's last few weeks of life as happy as possible. Thank you!
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