Emily’s Star still shining bright for sick children

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An inspirational mum who started a charity in memory of her daughter says she is more motivated than ever to try and support families going through what she did.

After Katie Elmer tragically lost her baby daughter Emily to genetic disorder Trisomy 18, she set up the Emily’s Star charity to help support local families who have children with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses.

In 16 months, the charity has raised a fantastic £20,000 – which saw Katie pick up the Fundraiser of the Year award at the Citizen’s Pride in Milton Keynes Awards.

That money is currently being spent on helping city families through tough times, including buying neonatal boxes, which include items for both mum and premature or underweight babies. These boxes are called ‘Emily’s gift’.

Now Katie, 27, wants the charity to get even bigger and has plenty of fundraising activities in the pipeline.

“We are the charity for this year’s Christmas lights switch- on in the Theatre District and we are really looking forward to that,” said Katie.

“We’ll have a stall with fun games for the kids and hopefully sell some of our merchandise.

“We’ve done so much in a short space of time. We have held two Party in the Paddock events and most of the money we have raised has come from bucket collections.

“I absolutely love it. There are about 20 of us involved and they are all fantastic. We want to continue to grow and help support even more families.”