Derek's Place - Palliative Care Facility

Derek Welsh was blessed with a close knit and loving family. His priority, and ours towards the end of his life was that we should remain together. When managing his care at home became impossible we looked to move him to a palliative care facility where we could continue to be by his side 24 hours per day. We wanted a place that would feel like a “home away from home”. Although what we found was good, it wasn’t great.

In Derek’s honour we are working towards establishing "Derek's Place" a palliative care facility that truly accommodates families with younger children where one parent is at the end of their life. The endeavour will take time and a great deal of money but we believe that such a service is desperately needed.

Every dollar will be used towards making this dream a reality.


Derek's story

Derek  Welsh
(35years old) a beloved husband, father to 4 year old Cristian, son, brother and dear friend was diagnosed with stage IV of a terminal brain tumour called Glioblastoma (GBM).

After being rushed to hospital mid September 2017, the MRI scan showed the most devastating picture no one was ever expecting. He went through an extensive operation to remove what was possible of the tumour and in October 2017 commenced chemotherapy and radiology. Additionally to this he was qualified and started a clinical trial called Vertu. 

Derek fought a strong battle, however on the 10th of August 2019, Derek sadly passed away. 

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Natasha Welsh 
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