Get Krishan living life again

Update posted by Louise Blais On Jul 29, 2017

Dear All,

After several months of recovery from his bleed on the brain, Krishan has proven to everyone what a strong and amazing little boy he really is. Krishan woke from his first surgery not being able to move, speak or even focus his eyes. In the last few months, his determination and mental strength have enabled him to re-learn how to talk, walk, use motor skills with his hands and almost return to his former self. However, during this time, there was always the fear that his AVM would bleed again and that he would have a stroke or that the surgery to remove the AVM would have to be postponed.

Today, we can say that Krishan is now AVM free after his final surgery removed the AVM. There are still more tests to make sure it was 100% successful but the surgeons are very pleased with the results. Krishan is also not as badly affected as the last time and can still move and speak. He did suffer from some post-surgery pains like vertigo which was a bit hard on him and his morale but he is soldiering on and everyone is relieved that the worst is over. To finish off the good news, Krishan has now been discharged from the John Ratcliffe Hospital and is at home with those who love him.

Thanks again for all your support and donations. The money will now be used for as much extra therapy as we can in the hopes of potentially getting Krishan back to school this coming year.

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This is great news!

Ayo Ajayi

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Update posted by Louise Blais On Jun 18, 2017

We've told you about Steve Goodsell's attempt to conquer the Yorkshire 3 peaks following a 24 mile route with 5,200ft of ascent. His team set out last weekend to attempt the challenge to complete the route in under 10 hours....

He completed the 24.5 mile route on Saturday in a VERY respectable time despite the torrential rain and strong winds. He has never been so soggy on a hike before!! The BT team that organised the event say that this was the worst year in memory for the weather. Sunday was also a challenge which he had not really considered, that he ended up walking around the house like the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz (very sore and stiff). He's now recovered we're glad to say!

The following link will take you to a short video that he uploaded to Facebook. Unfortunately the film does not really do justice to the amazing scenery or the horrendous weather: Watch the video. Steve, what a trooper to complete the course in 8:47:00 in what was clearly a very hard and trying day!!!

Thank you all so much for the kind words of support for Steve and the donations for Krishan. Each and every pledge will make a positive difference. We'd all like to congratulate Steve on completing his challenge and raising money for such a worthy cause. Steve has raised £590 in what has been his first attempt at fundraising!! Fantastic result Steve!!! Thank you again!!

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Update posted by Louise Blais On Jun 15, 2017

The last two weeks have seen so many people taking up Krishan's cause by getting out to test themselves physically and raise money at the same time. Lesley Reeve challenged a group of 14 ladies to do a triathlon sprint at Blenheim Palace this year. Over the weekend of June 3/4 we all participated in this amazing challenge and managed to each complete this incredible race. Even some of the kids participated in the duathlon and proudly wore their medals after the feat! They felt proud to help their classmate Krishan as well as the grown ups!

Congratulations to Lesley Reeve, Tracy Bruton, Catherine Duffy, Michelle White, Sharon O'Connell, Gulhan Mavili, Alison Waite, Clare Anderson, Cristina Arciniegas, Julie Hicks, Linda Protheroe and Louise Blais. We also saw a flutter of donation activity as we all promoted this on Facebook ahead of the race so thanks to everyone for attaching yourselves to the cause!! It all helps!!! We were also lucky to have a great supporter in the audience as Dakota (Krishan's mum) came to cheer us on which made us run, swim and bike faster!! Dakota was meant to join us in this adventure but due to circumstances, she had to abandon training but we're hoping to get her out to next year's event!!!

We also have another friend with the Triathlon bug and David Griffiths took on an even more challenging race which the 'Escape from Alcatraz' full olympic distance this past weekend!! Unfortunately, due to the weather, the swim portion of his race was cancelled and they modified the course to increase the bike and run in the hills of San Francisco. David we feel for you!!!! Unfortunately David also didn't have an amazing audience like we did at Blenheim to cheer us on but our thoughts were with him and we live tracked him too! How cool is technology!!

Thanks again to everyone for promoting and fundraising through this great event!!! We also all got a bit fitter in the process! Yay!!

LIVE TO TRI! Watch our trailer video if you haven't already! Full movie version on it's way soon...!


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Update posted by Louise Blais On Jun 01, 2017

Dear All,

Last weekend a group of us went out to raise money for Krishan with a good old fashioned car boot sale. Wonderful amazing items were donated by dozens of people but special thanks go out to Rowena Green who donated such generous items that allowed us to hold a raffle and sell 120 tickets! This helped us attract more people to our row of 6 cars! Thanks to all the helpers on the day: Aisling Glover, Lesley Reeve, Annie Lim, Ami Scott, Claire Orr, Claire Grant, Laura and Paolo Del Pup, Louise Blais and let's not forget all the kids who came to support as well! Totally amazing effort from everyone all round and a huge network of support behind the scenes donating items, tables and time to sort clothes, etc. Also thank you to Fiscal Technologies who donated our banner and t-shirts which again brought home the message of our cause. Thanks again to all!

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Update posted by Louise Blais On May 17, 2017

Dear All,

We've received some great donations of items to sell for our car boot sale so thank you all who've dropped stuff off!! A reminder if you would like to come by and visit us on the day, donate some items to sell or just plain share this link with people, we'd love to hear from you! Let's hope for good weather and a busy day!!!


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Update posted by Louise Blais On May 09, 2017

Dear All,

Firstly, as always, the family and the campaign managers thank you for your continued support and generosity. As some of you know, the Shahs are quite a private and humble family. The fundraising publicity is difficult for them but they have accepted that they can’t do this alone. The family want to share a more detailed update of Krishan’s progress, where your money is helping and what’s coming next in Krishan’s treatment.

Krishan’s Progress:

Krishan has now been discharged from the John Radcliffe Hospital and is now being treated as an out-patient and the Reading Borough Council is also now involved in some of the aspects of his rehabilitation. Krishan is now able to walk with the aid of a walker and his speech is improving. He can now eat all the foods he used to albeit with a little aid along the way. The relative speed at which he has re-learned these functions is astounding and a testament to his determination and focus. Coming home was also a huge boost for Krishan to be with his family and their whole focus is currently on rehabilitation.

However in parallel, the doctors are working through Krishan’s treatment plan and AVM removal options. The surgeons at John Radcliffe last saw an AVM in a child 3 years ago which gives you an indication of how rare this is and how delicate the next steps will be. Each AVM is unique and treatment needs careful planning. This also means that Krishan will have another recovery period once the next treatments commence in the near future.

Where your money is going and you’ve helped:

As a starting point, your donations are helping to pay things like petrol to/from Oxford, B&B stays for Krishan and his mum, bean bags for Krishan to be able to sit unaided, rails for his bed, supports and other therapy equipment. The family are also looking into potentially getting a specialised tutor to help Krishan continue with his studies and not fall behind.

The council have provided the basics in terms of handrails for hallways, a wheelchair and a walker. However, the occupational therapists have suggested other equipment that the council will not fund. One such item is a back brace which will support Krishan’s weakened muscles and allow him to keep a good posture and not strain his neck. This will avoid him picking up bad habits and developing issues which will be to the detriment of his recovery. The family want to avoid this as Krishan is still only 8 years old and growing. These are the types of items that we will be purchasing to aid his recovery.

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Update posted by Louise Blais On May 06, 2017

Last year, Lesley Reeve set down a challenge to the year 3 mums in Krishan's class to get fit and do the Blenheim Bloodwise Triathlon Sprint event. Krishan's mum Dakota was one of those mums in the group. The interest also spread to a few more friends and in the end, Lesley managed to inspire 14 other women to join her on this challenge. She's also got some of the kids who will be completing the duathlon course as well!

We've now been training for a year and next month on June 3-4th, we will be attempting our 750m swim, 21k bike and 5 run. Where this was originally meant to be a personal challenge and journey for each individual, we have now decided to do this for a more meaningful cause and hence combine our fundraising efforts for Krishan with this event.

Here's the link to our video if you'd like to see our some of our efforts!! Live to TRI!

Please feel free to come and spectate at beautiful Blenheim Palace on either June 3rd or 4th as we are competing on both days!


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Update posted by Louise Blais On May 01, 2017

A big thank you to Reverend Dr. Joel Thomas who organised a special collection at the Church of God Worldwide Mission International for Krishan. As this is the Shah's regular church, the congregation was especially generous for Krishan and they raised £706 for him. The family continue to be in awe and humbled by people's generosity and kindness. Thank you to all in your continued support!!

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Update posted by Louise Blais On Apr 27, 2017

Like many of us, Steve Goodsell made a decision to improve his fitness a few years ago. He joined a gym, bought a bike and started to do a little jogging. He also recently had a go at Yoga which he found surprisingly challenging. Apart from the personal challenge of getting healthier for his own benefit, he has often considered if he should not put his improved fitness levels to the test but to also put them to the benefit of someone other than himself.

Steve is Yorkshire born and bred and has spent many happy and occasionally not so happy days walking one of the 3 peaks but has never done all 3 in a single day. At age 51, he has decided the time is now right to do this. On Saturday 10th June 2017, Steve will be taking part in the BT Staff and Friends 3 peaks challenge. The Yorkshire Three Peaks route is 24-miles long, and includes 5,200ft (1,585m) of ascent and he will be in a team of 4 with a combined age of over 230 years!!

The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge takes on the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, usually in this order, and in under 12 hours. These peaks form part of the Pennine range, and encircle the head of the valley of the River Ribble, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Steve is really looking forward to the personal challenge that this event will provide. However he also wanted to try and benefit someone else by doing this trial. He had been contemplating which charities he might attach himself to in order to raise money for a good cause and he came across Krishan's story and decided that this was someone whom he could directly help and chose to attach himself to our effort.

THANK YOU STEVE AND GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR CHALLENGE!!! We look forward to hearing about how well you do and thanks for your support!! You are an amazing selfless individual to be dedicating your fundraising efforts for a boy you've never met! The family are humbled and thankful to you!


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Update posted by Louise Blais On Apr 26, 2017

Dear All,

Some fantastic news about Krishan this past week!!! The family were able to spend the weekend together at home under the same roof for the first time in over two months!!! This was a great milestone and meant they could all relax in their own space together. It's been a tiring and stressful journey for all of them.

This week, Krishan has started another chapter and is now being treated as an outpatient in Oxford during the week so Dakota and Krishan are now staying in a B&B near the hospital. This is where your funds are now helping support the family and pay these costs. It is not clear how long they will need to keep up this commute and stay in Oxford so thanks again for your help with supporting the family!!

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Even better news and a great step forward. Aston tells me Krishan is coming into school next week. I know Aston is looking forward to seeing him though wants to warn him Pokemon is banned 🙁

Jane Gregory

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Laura Povoledo

Backed with £50.00 On Jul 29, 2017

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Nathan Preston

Backed with £20.00 On Jul 06, 2017

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Thinking of you all and well done to those who completed the Blenheim Tri.

Chantal Saunders

Backed with £30.00 On Jul 03, 2017

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Our little boys are so precious. Hope you are getting better everyday Krishan. Sherri, Chad & Jake

Sherri Raymond

Backed with £100.00 On Jun 14, 2017

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Well done Steve for your 3 Peaks challenge and best wishes to Krishan's family

Jean-Philip Pritchard

Backed with £20.00 On Jun 13, 2017

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Wishing you well buddy. Great work by all those helping raise money. :-)

Simon Dodd

Backed with £10.00 On Jun 12, 2017

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Well done Steve on your 3 peaks challenge

Gareth Pierce

Backed with £10.00 On Jun 12, 2017

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Well Done Steve.

Scott Brown

Backed with £10.00 On Jun 12, 2017

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Lisa Ruddy

Backed with £60.00 On Jun 10, 2017

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Wishing Steve Goodsell good luck today. As a Mother too, my love to Krishan and Dakoto (Mum) and I pray that the Lord will stretch his healing hands to heal him soonest. Well done to Louise for organizing this. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to support this good cause. God bless you ALL.xxx Rachael

Rachael Randle

Backed with £175.00 On Jun 10, 2017

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