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'It's helping us cope' - Parents raise money for children's ward after losing six-month-old son to rare condition

PUBLISHED: 11:05 08 June 2016 | UPDATED: 11:05 08 June 2016

Sandeep and Sonia Sankoli together with Dhian

Sandeep and Sonia Sankoli together with Dhian

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Sandeep and Sonia Sankoli raised money for the Safari Ward at Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Parents who lost their six month old son to a rare genetic condition have managed to raise more than £14,000 in a month in his memory.

Sandeep and Sonia Sankoli started raising money for the Safari Ward at Queen Elizabeth Hospital after their son Dhian died on the ward in May.

He had spent the past eight weeks on the ward after he was admitted with bronchiolitis.

Just over a month since losing their son, the Blackfen parents have been raising money together with family and friends for the ward, which Mrs Sankoli described as “amazing”.

She said: “They did such a wonderful job taking care of him, everybody involved was so concerned for him.

“There were nurses who took care of him, but even those who hadn’t still used to come in and see him.

“They did an amazing job for everybody, they was trying to be positive and keep us happy, it was amazing.”

During his time on the ward, Dhian, who was born in October, was taken to a sensory room where he could learn and develop alongside his parents and other children on the ward.

Mrs Sankoli says it was a welcome change of scenery, and this is where the money raised will go.

She said: “My brothers took on Tough Mudder to raise money for the hospital. We had an initial target of £1,500 and we met that in four days.

“After Dhian died, we thought ‘he’s not here but we’re still going to carry on’ - it’s incredible how generous everyone was, it was mostly from the kindness of strangers.”

“It’s helping us cope, when we’re feeling down we think that something positive came from all of this.”

Mr and Mrs Sankoli plan to keep working to help the children’s ward by providing toys and volunteering.

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