“The support was just what we needed,” says Dipti who is helping to promote the Hospice’s Winter Draw by sharing her experience of LOROS

Published on 1st November 2018

Dipti Bharadia, Thurmaston is helping to promote this year’s LOROS Winter Raffle by telling how LOROS Hospice made her life more bearable when her husband was receiving treatment.

Although Chetan, 40, died last year, Dipti is still keen to share her experience of LOROS in her husband’s memory to encourage people to support the Hospice by playing this year’s Winter Draw.

Chetan Bharadia was just 32 when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour, and the years following his diagnosis were traumatic for the family, but with the support they received from LOROS Hospice he and his wife were given time to enjoy life with their young family.
“I was six months pregnant with our son Bhagya, when our life was turned upside down. Chetan suddenly started having fits at home and we had no idea what was happening. He was later diagnosed with a stage four brain tumour,” said Dipti.

“The day we were told Chetan was being admitted to LOROS, it was scary. At that point, we knew he was never getting better. Despite our fear, we knew he was going to the best place. “After his arrival at LOROS in 2017, Chetan had 43 fits and was in a really bad way. The amazing nurses at LOROS were fantastic. With all of my family is back in India, the support was invaluable.

“My son and I were sat at Chetan’s bedside every day. Sometimes I would sleep at the Hospice, so I could spend as much time with him as I possibly could.

“I told my son that his daddy wasn’t going to come home, and that he was going to die, he wrote him a letter and we read it to my husband together. It was such a heart-breaking but special moment for us all as a family.”

The family had spoken about where Chetan would be during his final days, and had decided that LOROS would be best.

“It’s scary witnessing his end of life, we knew my son and I would be without Chetan at some point, but LOROS helped me to understand what to expect and I felt comforted. LOROS supported us so much, without them, I don’t know what I would have done.”

Chetan died aged 40 in May 2017 at LOROS Hospice, the couple’s son Bhagya was eight. Tickets are now on sale and cost just £1, with a top prize of £10,000 up for grabs for the winner.

You can purchase tickets from any of the Hospice’s shops across this city and county, from the Hospice and for the first time ever, tickets will be on sale online – visit loros.co.uk/raffle

The raffle closes on 30th December, with the draw taking place on 9th January.

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