East Ham teenager’s bucket list to be honoured by family
- Credit: Srija Suhayrt
Friends and family of an East Ham schoolgirl who died last October are to honour her secret bucket list in aid of charity.
Teenager Vaishali Bance Suhayr, who suffered from severe allergies and asthma, died at St Mary’s Hospital on October 17 after collapsing at Plashet School and suffering a cardiac arrest a few days earlier.
Her heartbroken family, who said 15-year-old Vaishali “made everyone believe she was invincible” with her motto of yolo [you only live once], are now raising funds to help expand and improve the Children’s Intensive Care Unit at the hospital where she died.
Her father, Harish, said: “Vaishali showed us how to live. Even lying in the grass or breathing in the dust from fireworks could land her in hospital but she always said if she enjoyed herself it was worth going to hospital for.
“She made everyone believe she was invincible.”
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Popular student Vaishali, who was predicted seven A* grades in her GCSEs, had two sisters and nine cousins. She was described as being “like a glue that bound everybody together”.
Her secret bucket list of achievements was only discovered by her family after her death. She had already completed some of the challenges such as being a bridesmaid at her aunty’s wedding.
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Her mother Srija said: “There were so many things – swim with dolphins, go cliff-jumping, milk a cow, write her name in concrete. Things I never even knew about.
She added: “Her aunty has been swimming with dolphins and I have written her name in concrete outside my mum’s house.
“She had so many dreams and wanted to go out and do all these things. We are so proud of her.”
Vaishali’s friends and family have so far raised more than £4,000 towards the £2m More Smiles Appeal.
They thanked St Mary’s Hospital for caring for Vaishali and for allowing so many people to see her, as well as Newham University Hospital, The Royal London Hospital and St Bartholomew’s Surgery for their support throughout the teen’s life.
A justgiving page set up in Vaishali’s name has paid tribute to a “wild, beautiful, free-spirited 15-year-old-girl”.
Plashet school headteacher, Rachel McGowan, said a non-uniform day will be held annually on Vaishali’s birthday, January 15, to raise money.
She said: “The one thing many of us remember about Vaishali was her beautiful hair and d etermination to make the most of every minute and therefore we wish to celebrate each year what makes each of us beautiful.”
To make a donation, visit https://www.justgiving.com/VAISHALI-YOLO