I have known Kacper since he was a baby, his parents Gracjan and Ania came to the UK from Poland in 2001 and became tenants in a family owned property. Over the years our relationship with the family deepened and they became very close friends. Gracjan and Ania managed to secure employment and both worked extremely hard to make the best of life in the UK. Kacper, their only child was born a few years later and he was a happy and affectionate child who they adored.
In early 2020, Gracjan was diagnosed with an aggressive terminal cancer and he started undergoing chemotherapy. Then, suddenly in June 2020 Ania passed away in extremely sad and tragic circumstances. The day that Ania died, both Gracjan's and Kacper's grief was palpable and I would challenge any human being to not be moved by watching father and son cling to one another, it was completely crushing. Both Gracjan and Kacper somehow found the strength within each other to keep moving forward.
Gracjan, being the great friend that he was and not wanting to burden anyone, simply asked for me to keep in touch with Kacper and to help him, if he should ask me, it was one of the most humbling moments of my adult life and I am not ashamed to admit that there were many tears. It was also clear to see that Gracjan was slowly preparing Kacper for life without him, which was incredibly moving and so desperately sad to watch a loving father preparing his only child for life without both his parents.
Gracjan was finally admitted to Homerton Hospital on 21st January 2021 with serious complications due to his illness. He had remarkably and bravely fought through horrendous pain for many months until it all became too much and sadly, he passed away on Saturday 13th February 2021.
Kacper has been taken in by Edyta, a close friend of Gracjan’s who is his nominated guardian. She has been nothing short of amazing in taking on such a huge responsibility and especially as she has a very young family of her own.
Hence this fundraiser is for our very brave Kacper, the ever so quiet, shy boy who is studious and bright, a caring and loving child, who I know is completely heartbroken deep inside and missing his mum and dad.
This is all about trying to give Kacper what his parents worked so hard for, a good education, a good start in life, a future. As Gracjan said to me "I do not want my son to wait on tables like me, I want more for him and he will make it".
We are kindly asking you to give whatever you can, no matter how small. May God bless the souls of both Gracjan and Ania and forever watch over Kacper.
If anyone would like to verify any details in regards to this fundraiser, please message me via this page, thank you.
- Noor Zaman
Fundraising team: For Kacper (4)
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