Block A, Centre House
Monday 2nd April 2012
A dad who has dedicated his life to caring for his five-year-old daughter is to take part in a fundraising walk.
Baris Guven, aged 39, will complete the 12 Bridge Walk to help Richard House Children's Hospice, which provides respite care for his daughter Aysu.
Baris, 39, originally from Cyprus and who now lives in north London with his wife Yesim, gave up his banking sector job to care for Aysu. She suffers from a range of still-undiagnosed conditions which means she cannot talk, see, walk or sit upright. Aysu was born at 28-weeks and needs 24-hour care.
He said: "I wanted to do this walk because I feel like I owe Richard House. Before Aysu came to the hospice, I wouldn't let anyone but me care for her. Even now, I survive on just one hour's sleep a day, but when I'm at Richard House I know she can be looked after. The work they do is amazing."
Aysu, who is also now cared for at Waverley Special School, in Enfield, started coming to Richard House, in Beckton, east London, on the advice of the family's social worker in 2009.
For Baris, caring is part of his life. He spent most of his teenage years caring for his two sisters who suffer from gamt deficiency and require almost constant care. He still spends every weekend at his parent's home in Greenwich, helping to look after his sisters, now aged 32 and 27 years old.
He said: "It is a difficult life but I do my best. I can still remember the first time I touched Aysu's hand. She was just a few hours old and in an incubator. I put my finger near her and, somehow, her tiny hand searched for it and found me. It was my life-changing moment."
The 12 Bridge Walk takes place on May 13 and marks the hospice's twelfth anniversary. Walkers start at the World's End district, in Chelsea, and cross Battersea Bridge before heading through London. They will finish at the Gouman Hotel, in St Katherine's Dock, near the final crossing at Tower Bridge.
Ben Alonso, community and events fundraiser at Richard House, said: "It would be difficult to listen to Baris' story and not feel inspired by him. He truly is an amazing person and we know his daughter Aysu well at Richard House."
Registration for the walk costs £15 with a minimum sponsorship of £50. To register, visit http://www.richardhouse.org.uk/events or call 020 7540 0230.
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