Islanders donate to fundraiser following the sudden death of a father

Pretesh Patel, who died last week, with his partner Rachel Peltor and the couple's four-month-old daughter Nayvi (37126948)

ISLANDERS have been thanked for rallying to support a family left devastated following the sudden death of a father in St Helier last week.

Pretesh Patel (33) died on Tuesday 28 November following a fall near his home in Westmount Road.

An inquest into his death was opened and adjourned yesterday.

Mr Patel, known as “Tesh”, and his partner, Rachel Peltor, had a four-month-old daughter, Nayvi,[correct] and friends have sought to provide support by setting up an online fundraising page.

Damian Philpott, one of those involved in the JustGiving initiative,said the idea was to try to make a meaningful difference to his friend’s partner and the couple’s young child.

“Tesh was a wonderful person, was not only a life partner to Rachel but also a loving father to Nayvi,” he said.

“Since I first met Tesh I’ve got to know him as a really genuine and nice guy, someone who was charming and didn’t have a bad bone in his body.

“I haven’t heard anyone say a single negative thing about Tesh – he was a lovely person and that’s made it all the more shocking for those who are processing this news.”

During a ten-minute hearing, held to enable Mr Patel’s body to be released in order that funeral proceedings could continue, the inquest heard that Mr Patel, a self-employed optometrist, had been pronounced dead at the Hospital soon after his fall.

A police spokesperson told the hearing the death was not being treated as suspicious.

Viscount Mark Harris adjourned the inquest pending the receipt of medical tests, and authorised the release of the body. In an update posted on the JustGiving page yesterday afternoon, the organisers passed on Ms Peltor’s thanks for the support from Islanders, which included donations of more than £4,000 towards the £6,000 target.

The update to supporters stated: “Rachel has been genuinely moved by the outpouring of support, which is evident in the kind words and generous gifts she has received.

“Your collective generosity has given Rachel the means to channel her focus towards her plans to remain in UUֱ, where she can nurture and raise her and Tesh’s daughter.

“The overwhelming love and solidarity displayed by the UUֱ community have left a lasting impact on Rachel – not only have your words and gestures alleviated the immediate challenges she faces, but they have also become a source of strength, comfort and resilience for her that will help carry her through these difficult times.

“Thank you for being a beacon of support and making a meaningful difference in Rachel’s and Nayvi’s lives.”

The fundraising page can be accessed at

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