Manu Bharadwa, Rama’s husband was an extremely active 70-year-old man after recovering from a stroke back in 2015.
However, in 2018 he had started to become extremely lethargic. He would run out of breath very quickly and was extremely tired a lot of the time. On June 2018, Manu, accompanied by his wife Rama decided to go to the doctors where he was immediately taken to Solihull Hospital’s AMU Department as his heartbeat was alarmingly irregular. Upon arrival, he was assessed and given an iron infusion. It was later revealed that Manu had heart failure and damaged muscles surrounding the heart which would need further treatment.
During his time at Solihull Hospital, Manu stayed in Ward 17, a cardiology ward.
“They were never too busy to help him, they really took such great time and care for my husband as well as being very supportive.” Throughout her time visiting her husband at Solihull Hospital, Rama often saw Solihull Hospital Charity posters advertising some of the fantastic fundraising events that it has to offer. One of them, in particular, drew her in. That event was the Abseil Challenge!
On 28 September 2019, Rama will be abseiling down the Wesleyan building in Birmingham! When asked why she decided to opt for this challenge, she said:
“I really wanted to give something back to the hospital that cared for my husband. He was cared for with such amazing dedication and good humour by all the staff there every day.
He’s doing really well now and I wanted to challenge myself to do something to support the team the way they supported me and my family. I am 70, and for me to do this is such a huge achievement. If I can do it, I want to encourage others to do it too! I can’t say I’m not scared – I am, however knowing that this money will help others who are scared and facing a tough time is worth the challenge. Anything you can donate to help support this cause will mean a lot to me!”
If you would like to help Rama’s fundraising goal, please visit her JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/Rama-Bharadwa