"We cannot cure but we can help financially"
A fundraiser has been launched for a popular chef after he suffered a stroke which has left him in critical condition.
Pardeep Bhaukhandi, aged 42, who works at the Kahani Restaurant in Edinburgh, has been in hospital for the past three weeks.
He has already undergone major neurological surgery following the incident and will now spend time at a rehabilitation centre.
However, it is not known how long the chef will have to stay there as it could potentially range from just a few months to a year.
Mr Bhaukhandi and his wife called their insurance company and were informed that critical illness was not covered in their policy.
As a result, she has been left struggling to pay their mortgage and household bills as well as support their two young sons.
Friends of the 42-year-old have now set up a GoFundMe page to help the family in their time of need.
The chef’s friend, Vinod Kumar, told Edinburgh Live: “We are just trying to raise as much money for him as possible.
“He doesn’t have the insurance for critical illness so his family have been unable to pay the bills at home.
“He is a hard working man and has two sons who go to school and they need looked after.”
“At the moment we don’t know when he will even be able to return to work and start earning some money so we thought we would try to raise some money this way.
“If anyone could help it would be really great.”
“He’s a great guy and loves his family and sons so we just want to raise some money to get him by until he can support himself again.”
They have already managed to raise over £12,000 of their £20,000 target, within a mere four days of establishing the fundraiser.
Organiser and friend Lalit Juyal wrote on the GoFundMe page:
“We cannot cure but we can help financially with what the family is facing and praying for, his speedy recovery.”
Pardeep Bhaukhandi has previously worked in Khushi’s and Dangal, two other well-known Indian restaurants in Edinburgh.
He has also spent some time working in the Italian restaurant, Amarone, within the city’s St Andrew Square in the past.