Raising a glass for Dr Pendsey

Sat, May 18th 2024 at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Dream Trust founder Dr Sharad Pendsey died recently and on what would have been his 70th Birthday members were asked to raise a glass to celebrate his life




For several years Aireborough Rotary has sponsored two girls in India, Purvi

Nagdive now aged 9 and Aradhya Patel 11, through the charity the Pendsey or

Dream Trust. This charity was conceived following two shocking instances when Dr

Sharad Pendsey lost two young diabetic girls he was treating. The father of one of

these girls, despite having heard what would happen if treatment ceased, had quite

intentionally stopped giving her insulin as he could not afford it any longer. In Dr

Pendsey’s words ‘the logic of poverty had overpowered the logic of life’.

Discrimination takes place in appalling ways. With no medical insurance available

parents have to buy insulin and syringes and the charity now makes the lives,

particularly of female diabetic children, more bearable and meaningful. To make

these children self reliant the Trust believes that education is the key to eradicate

poverty and gives educational scholarships to these underprivileged diabetic

children. They visit the Trust every three months to collect their insulin and syringes

and have been provided with bicycles to enable them to go to schools situated some

way from their villages. Sponsors are encouraged to send presents, worth a fixed

sum, for birthdays at first through the post but more recently via Amazon which is far

more reliable and speedy.

Lucy Laycock founded the Pendsey Trust after making a radio documentary about

the children with type one diabetes in the developing world after visiting Dr Pendsey

in Nagpur’ Sadly Dr Pendsey died recently and on what would have been his 70th birthday.

Aireborough members were asked to raise a glass in his memory. His son is now

carrying on his invaluable work. Picture shows Purvi on her last birthday.

The celebration was organised by Janet Kerr and her husband Bill with help from Brian & Mitzi Whitham.

The article in the Wharfedale Observer was forwarded to our local contact Catriona and Dr Pendsey's son Sanket responded ' It's a very great news article by the Aireborugh Rotary Club celebrating the 70th birthday of my father. The article has talked about the birth of Dream Trust as well as Pendsey Trust. its growth over the years and then its evolution. I am sincerely grateful to Aireborough Rotary for sponsoring Aradhya and Purvi. Please convey my heartfelt thanks to the Club for sponsoring these two girls and for raising a toast on his 70th birthday.'










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Raising a glass for Dr Pendsey


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