Five-year-old Dhillon Manku, who is aiming to raise £35,000 for a new incubator at Kingston Hospital’s Neonatal Unit, has been presented with a certificate of achievement from the Mayor of Kingston, Thay Thayalan and Kingston Hospital charity Born Too Soon.
Dhillon, who was born prematurely at Kingston Hospital in 2013 to parents Jas and Sharn, and cared for by its Neonatal Unit, has so far raised nearly £8,000 to help Born Too Soon support other premature babies the same way it helped him and his parents. He joined the Mayor at the hospital to see and test out the new state-of-the-art ‘Baby Leo’ incubator that his efforts will help fund, and was presented with a certificate for his amazing achievements to date.
Dhillon’s fundraising efforts have so far included a sponsored swim, which he completed on his fifth birthday and raised £5,000, a coffee morning at his local Starbucks, a golf day raising £700, and he is now aiming at recruiting other children to carry out a ‘sponsored bounce’ at Oxygen Freejumping trampoline park in January 2019.
Sharn Manku, Dhillon’s mum, said: “Having the support from Kingston Hospital’s neonatal unit at such a difficult time was absolutely amazing, and their care was second to none. It was Dhillon’s idea to start fundraising for Born Too Soon and to support other premature babies and their families. He is so excited to fund a new incubator for the unit and we are so proud of everything that he has done.”
Councillor Thay Thayalan, Mayor of Kingston upon Thames, said: “Dhillon is an extraordinarily selfless young man and he is doing an amazing thing in raising funds for Kingston Hospital’s Neonatal Unit. It was a privilege to visit the unit with Dhillon and see the new incubator the funds he is raising will help buy. I was delighted to present him with a certificate and thank him and his family for their efforts to help Kingston Hospital and the community.”
Dhillon has received support from celebrities such as Peter Andre, footballer Juan Mata, and Metro Bank Director Sean Alurajah. He has also appeared on BBC Asian Network and was invited back to Kingston Hospital as a very special guest to turn on the Christmas Lights at the hospital’s Main Entrance.
To support Dhillon in his fundraising efforts to support Born Too Soon, visit his Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dhillonmanku.