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UEL staff honour the memory of former colleague by raising money for charity

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Representatives from UEL presented a cheque for over £600 to children’s hospice Haven House this week.

Much of the money raised was from the proceeds of a bake sale organised by the former colleagues and friends of Shalini Ganesh-Ram. Shalini, who worked at the University of East London, died tragically last month at the age of 26, following the birth of her second child.

Staff made donations totalling £434.79, and the money raised was boosted by an additional donation of £200 from the Vice-Chancellor's Group.  It was the request of Shalini's family that monies raised go to Haven House Children's Hospice in Woodford Green, Essex – a charity that Shalini herself supported.

The cheque was presented to Charlotte Terry, Haven House’s Head of Community Engagement by Charlie Tyce, who was Shalini’s line manager.

“It was exactly the sort of thing she would have loved,” said Charlie. “She always wanted to help others in any way she could. It was part of her wonderful caring nature to put others before herself. I am so pleased that UEL staff got behind the sale and raised money for a cause so close to her heart.”

Since 2003, Haven House Children’s Hospice has been providing specialist care for children and young people (birth-19) who are unlikely to reach adulthood. They also provide a range of support to families; including short breaks, day, and end-of-life care, as well a number of services designed to improve emotional wellbeing, both in the hospice and in the local community.

“The aim of Haven House is to make every moment count for local life-limited children,” explained Haven House’s Charlotte Terry.  “We are honoured that Shalini’s colleagues decided to honour her memory by supporting us. A very big thank you to all the staff at UEL for making this event happen.”

One of the organisers behind the bake sale was Majid Rahman, who works at UEL as an enrolment officer.

“Shalini ‘s death touched everyone in different ways,” explained Majid.  “We felt at a time of such sadness we could bring everyone together.  Many baked, some helped with the stall and many others donated. The atmosphere was very positive and this helped raise the morale of staff as we were giving to a worthy cause of which Shalini would approve.”