In Memory of Ram Kalbag

Husband, Father, Grandfather.
Consultant Neurosurgeon.
Disability North Trustee

1926 -2018

Ram Kalbag was instrumental in the vision and the inception of Disability North as we know it today.

In 1985 The Dene Centre opened its doors and offered support, information and advice to any and everyone affected by disability or age-related impairment. Those doors remain open to this day.

Ram was a founder member of the Board of Trustees and remained a Trustee until 2013 – almost thirty years of service to a Charity he supported and cause he held true to – the promotion of inclusion, independence and choice for disabled people, their families and carers throughout the North East of England.

Ram attended Board Meetings and other events at Disability North regularly and enthusiastically. He was incredibly knowledgeable not only as a renowned Neurosurgeon, but he made a point of ensuring that the projects and services Disability North engaged in brought the maximum benefit to those Disability North sought to support and help.

Ram supported Staff Members in any way he could, as well as his fellow Trustees. I will always be immensely grateful for the encouragement and support he gave to me during my term as Chair of the Board.
He was more than a fellow Trustee, he was my Friend.

When Ram resigned from the Board of Trustees there was a ‘space’ none could fill. And yet his involvement and support continued through his generosity and kindness – and interest in all Disability North continued to strive to do.

When we heard of Ram’s death on 20th October 2018 aged 92, we as an Organisation realised once again the enormity of the legacy he left us in being with us from the beginning and how much we owe him and those he stood alongside in the early 1980s to make their vision our reality.

‘Looks like you’ve reached the end….’

I saw this quote and remembered some of the moving tributes said of Ram at his funeral.
People such a Ram never really do reach the end – their memory lives on and the impact of their lives on others remains…..always.

Thank you Ram.

With gratitude – Sandra Wheatley. Trustee.