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London Marathon 2019: Minal Patel

26th April 2019

‘I am super excited to be running for St George’s Hospital Charity, as the hospital has a special place in my heart.’

In Memory of Aari Patel

After a tragic accident in November 2016, Jay and Sina Patel’s beautiful son Aari passed away after spending four days in the care of the amazing Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at St Georges Hospital. A gorgeous big brother with a huge smile; Aari is missed and remembered every single day by his loved ones, family and friends, hospital staff and everyone his story reaches.

He may be gone, but Aari is never forgotten.

His Masi, Aari’s Auntie Minal is remembering her nephew this Sunday 28 April by running the London Marathon 2019. Also, as a huge thank you to the team at St George's Hospital for their tireless work, world class care and professionalism; she has been fundraising for the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, the unit where Aari and his family were treated so well.

Minal, a mum of two, a keen exercise fan, who does weights, goes to the gym and takes a strong interest in food and nutrition is raring to get going! She is always moving her goal posts to achieve that next step, and this next step is 26.2 miles long!

Minal’s fundraising has gone from strength to strength, from organising bake sales and encouraging sponsorship from friends, family and colleagues; Minal and her family have continued to spread the heartfelt reason behind her fundraising, and the positive message the entire Patel family have created from losing their little star Aari.

Minal said ‘I wanted to do something positive to give back to St George’s in Aari’s memory and also raise more awareness. The PICU looked after Aari, Sina, Jay and the girls throughout their time there. They looked after all our family at that time, and there were a lot of us. The nurses and doctors at St George’s Hospital did everything they could to make him better. Whilst Aari may not be with us anymore, his heart still beats on, including six of Aari's other organs, as he gave the ultimate gift of life to other children that needed them. I remain very 'proudy' of what Aari achieved in his short life, and I want to ensure other families receive the same extraordinary care from the PICU team at St George's during extremely difficult circumstances.’

Sina and Jay would like to shout out thank you to these people especially;
Alex and Marie-Louise at the Charity, Sharmaine Monrose (Aari’s Nurse), Senal Soyer (PICU deputy head nurse), Jo Cox (Aari SNOD) and Gordon Turpie (SNOD) Anami Gour ,Dr Ellie Atkins

Minal would like to say;
' A big thank you to my husband and kids for being there to help take my trainers off and making my recovery shake after a long run! Listening and supporting me when I am having an emotional day (tantrum), and help me to wake up early in the cold dark wet mornings to fit a run in!'

Even after his passing, Aari continues to promote the life changing benefits of organ donation, if you want to know more please read his story on https://www.facebook.com/nhsorgandonor/videos/10154576159321816/ as well as other's on, including how you can become an organ donor https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/

To support Minal, please visit her fundraising page here; https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/minal-patel and give her the massive cheer she deserves whilst running all of those miles in memory of her beautiful nephew!

Good luck Minal!









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