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Former refugee makes second £5,000 donation to help Preston patients

Posted on - 13th September, 2022 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, People, Preston News, Proud Preston
Jamnaben (second left) with late husband Dullabhbai
Jamnaben (second left) with late husband Dullabhbai

A former refugee, who honoured her husband’s memory by making a donation to the renal unit at the Royal Preston Hospital, has now paid tribute to his father – her late father-in-law – by donating another £5,000 but to Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

Great-grandmother 89-year-old Jamnaben Tailor, of Trower Street, Preston, has asked the charity to spend her gift on new equipment to benefit patients at Rosemere Cancer Centre, Lancashire and South Cumbria’s specialist cancer treatment and radiotherapy centre at the Royal Preston Hospital.

Jamnaben, who was forced to flee Nairobi as part of the Asian exodus of Kenya following its independence from Britain in the 1960s and arrived in Preston with husband Dullabhbai with little more than the clothes she was wearing, is giving the money in the name of Govindbhai Tailor.

Read more: Refugee family who made Preston their home give £5,000 to Preston Royal Hospital

Ishwer, Jamnaben, Sushila and Manhar with cheque for Rosemere
Ishwer, Jamnaben, Sushila and Manhar with cheque for Rosemere

Mr Govindbhai Tailor, who lived in the Indian village of Kathor near the city of Surat, passed away of cancer when he was 80-years-old.

Jamnaben’s eldest son, Mr Ishwer Tailor MBE, who is president of Preston’s Gujarat Hindu Society, said: “My mother and her younger sister Kasiben married two brothers – Govindbhai’s sons – my father Dullabhbai and Sukhabhai, my uncle.

“My dad, who like my grandfather was a tailor by profession, was already working in Africa and came back to India to marry my mum.

“My aunt and uncle remained in India to look after Govindbhai and my grandmother Daviben but my dad supported them, firstly from Africa and then England, by buying them a house and sending money to them. My dad was very much at the hub of the family.”

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Govindbhai and Daviben
Govindbhai and Daviben

Mr Tailor, who was awarded his MBE by the Queen for his work promoting racial harmony, which has also seen him awarded an honorary fellowship from the University of Central of Lancashire (UCLAN), said: “My aunt and uncle, who have both now passed away, were obviously very close to my paternal grandparents.

“They were also very close to my parents, especially being siblings. My parents visited India numerous times to see them and they came to Preston on holiday.

“My mother now feels making this donation is a fitting tribute to Govindbhai and also, to my aunt and uncle for the care they gave to him and my grandmother. It also recognises the impact of cancer on local families and need to show support for them too.”

Jamnaben, who has two younger sons, a daughter, six grandsons, three granddaughters and seven great-grandchildren, chose to support the renal unit after Dullabhbai, who worked as a tailor at Fishergate’s DT Jones, developed kidney problems as a result of diabetes and had go to undergo regular dialysis.

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He passed away in 1995 but on his and Jamnaben’s arrival in Preston, they had been welcomed and initially looked after by the city’s Indian community.

Dan Hill, chief officer of Rosemere Cancer Foundation, said: “We are extremely grateful to Jamnaben and her family for making this donation to us on top of their previous donation. They are testament to the importance of family and community support as essential to a better future for everyone.”

Rosemere Cancer Foundation works to bring world class cancer treatments and services to cancer patients from throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria being treated not only at Rosemere Cancer Centre but also at another eight local hospital cancer units across the two counties.

The charity funds cutting edge equipment, research, training and other cancer services and therapies that the NHS is unable to afford in order to make patients’ cancer journey more effective, comfortable and stress-free.

For further information on its work, including how to make a donation and how to
volunteer, visit Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

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