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Bereaved father's bike ride in memory of son

A bereaved father is cycling from London to Paris in memory of his four year old son.

Krish Menon died nine months after being diagnosed with a very rare brain tumour.

An operation to remove the growth, chemotherapy and radiotherapy could not stop the spread of the tumour to other parts of his brain. He came to Demelza’s hospice in Sittingbourne when doctors said there was no more they could do.

He died at Demelza on August 28th 2012.

Dad Jithu said: “His condition deteriorated quite rapidly. Within a couple of days he stopped talking. The moment he got here he was bedridden. “

Mum Charlotte praised staff at Demelza for their support at the worst possible time.

She said:
“We didn’t know where to start, we’ve never had to deal with a funeral, they made phone calls for us, made all the arrangements.

 ”I can’t believe the amount of help they gave us. They gave us a bit of relief. Walking in everyone was pleased to see us, you felt like part of the furniture.”

Demelza also helped with financial advice as Jithu was made redundant two months after Krish was diagnosed.

Charlotte described Krish as “a bubbly, very intelligent child. He was due to start school last September.”

“He loved cars. He wanted to know how things worked. His illness never got him down.”

Jithu, 31, is riding from London to Paris in August with his friends to raise money for Demelza children’s hospice.

He explained: “I wanted to do something. We need to do something to pay Demelza back.”

Charlotte is also organising a ball in August. She added: “We just feel that it’s going to go to a good cause.”

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Category: archived-news
Posted on: Jan 8, 2013
Posted by: Helen Francis

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