Thusha Kamaleswaran is a six year old living in Ilford, London in a tight knit family of parents, brother and younger sister. She was attending the local Primary school where her favourite subject was Maths. Her passion is dancing which she loved to show off at every opportunity, always dreaming of becoming a dancer.
On 29th March 2011, Thusha was playing in her uncle’s shop in Stockwell, south London, dancing and skipping around like any other playful 5 year old when a group of three local men, trying to shoot a rival gang member, fired indiscriminately into the shop. One of the shots hit Thusha, the bullet entering her chest, and shattering the seventh vertebra of her spine, paralysing her from the chest downwards and leaving her close to death. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time changed her life forever.
Since then, Thusha has undergone numerous medical procedures to treat her injuries and although she has made substantial progress, medical opinion is that she will not walk again. She will therefore need full time specialist care and support for the rest of her life.
The Trident team within the Metropolitan Police, investigating the shooting were so moved by this incident, they took it upon themselves to set-up an Appeal Fund to help Thusha. The team are planning to do the 3-Peaks Challenge in an effort to raise additional funds. Their efforts are in addition to their day-to-day responsibilities within the Met Police.
We have set up this page to appeal to you to donate what you can to help Thusha through her now difficult journey through life. Any contributions will go directly to the current efforts led by the Trident team.
Thank you for taking the time to view this website, and we hope you can help Thusha in some way.