Baldeep talks to us about her little boy Benjamin and the amazing team effort of her friends and family to fundraise in his memory
Our angelic boy
“Benjamin was born in February 2010 at The Princess Alexandra Hospital and was our first child. He was our healthy and happy baby and brought so much joy to us, always smiling and giggling. He was a real gift and made life so easy with his angelic nature. I was four months pregnant with our second child when Benjamin turned one, and life could not be any better.
“When Benjamin was 13 months old, my husband Jim noticed a lump on his tummy while changing his nappy. We thought it best to get it checked out and shortly afterwards we found ourselves in Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). We received the devastating news that Benjamin had a rare and aggressive cancer on his liver called atypical teratoid rhabdoid.
“Benjamin was so brave and coped hugely well with the scans and treatment – he was our little fighter. It seemed that an operation to try and remover the tumour was a good option but when the surgeon tried, he found that the cancer had spread to Benjamin’s heart and nothing more could be done.
“It was the most devastating time for our family knowing that we couldn’t do anything to save our son, and that he would slip away without our control. Benjamin died a month later in September 2011, having had two weeks with his baby sister, Keira. It’s so important that Keira got to meet her courageous big brother and spend a little time with him.”
In memory of Benjamin
“Since Benjamin passed away, people have been amazing. A friend set up a JustGiving page for us and we collected more than £1,600 from his funeral, which we were blown away by. We were so touched that we were clearly not alone in our love for Benjamin.
“So many people remember Benjamin so fondly and I’ve been amazed at the kindness shown to us. We knew that we wanted to give something back to GOSH and people were so keen to help us, so we set up The Benjamin Salter Brighter Future Fund with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity as a way to remember him and celebrate his life, and for his legacy to make a real difference to others.”
RBC Race for the Kids
“When we saw that RBC Race for the Kids was taking place in May 2016, a friend suggested that we do this for Benjamin’s Brighter Future Fund as a big team. It seemed like such an iconic event and one where we could take part as a group with our children, so we started spreading the word and signing up. More and more people agreed to join us and we soon ended up with the biggest Brighter Future Funds team there, which we were amazed by.
“Those who couldn’t join us were sure to sponsor us and we raised more than £3,000, which we think is amazing. Even my children’s nursery helped to advertise what we were doing and my employers have agreed to match-fund what we raise, which is such a boost.
“RBC Race for the Kids was such an amazing day – the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park was an incredible venue and there were so many activities for our kids to get involved in. It had such a great family feel to it – we even saw dogs taking part with charity T-shirts on! We can’t wait to take part again next year and have already registered our interest for 2017.”
If you would like to fundraise for GOSH, please email email@example.com or call the team on 020 3841 3131.