In 2012, our client and friends, Vidya Patel and Suresh Vaghela established the Jai Memorial Invitational Golf Tournament in memory of their son Jai Vaghela (1988 – 2007), who was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of two. Jai was a very brave and special boy, and someone we’re incredibly proud to honour each year at the tournament, which raises funds for charities that were connected to Jai’s care, or that help brighten the lives of children living with serious illnesses. This year we were all very proud to come together to raise vital funds for: the Hearts of Oak – the Oak Lodge School Foundation, a school for children with learning disabilities; the inaugural Jai Memorial Junior Golf Tournament to promote amateur sport; and to support a little girl called Siobhan.
At the age of two, Siobhan Margaret Mather was diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer, Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. Just 100 children will receive this diagnosis in the UK each year. Like Jai, Siobhan is bravely taking this terrible disease in her stride. She’s undergone various treatments in the UK, but to further her chances of a full recovery, she needs a vaccine that’s only available in America. Her parents are trying to raise £400,000 to make it happen, and have so far raised half of what’s needed.
So last month, we all teed off in Hertfordshire, raising £5,754 to support these fantastic charities, and importantly, #TeamSiobhan. If you’re reading this and are touched by Jai or Siobhan’s story, then it’s not too late to show your support too at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jaimemorial2018.