Remembering Emma Welch 16/04/01 - 04/06/15
On 4th June 2015, we received the devastating news that 14-year-old Emma Welch, one of our youngest and most dedicated fundraisers, had died following surgery to correct a scoliosis curvature on her spine. Our hearts and deepest sympathies are with Emma’s parents, Tony and Lesley, in the pain of losing their adored child.
Just five days before, Emma had achieved a World Record for the greatest number of teddy bears assembled on a mountain summit.
Ever since she learnt that her church minister, Andrew Stammers, had been diagnosed with a brain tumour, Emma did her utmost to raise awareness for the disease by taking on incredible challenges, despite her own condition. Emma's first fundraising idea to raise money for brain tumour research showed immediately how ambitious she was: she wanted to climb Mount Everest. At that time, she was just 12 years old and too young to climb the real peak, so instead she decided to reach the same height as Everest by ascending no fewer than 1,209 times on an indoor climbing wall, setting an unofficial word record as the youngest person to achieve this. In 2014, Emma completed a 1,000-mile cycling challenge, even though this caused her considerable pain as a result.
Andrew, who, amongst others, is trying to comfort the family in their time of grief, said: “Emma was an amazing young woman. Her passion and determination were exceptional. She put everyone before herself to raise awareness of brain tumours and to support vital research. She dedicated her young life in a way that was truly remarkable.
“Emma considered delaying her ascent of Snowdon with 135 teddies until after her surgery, so I am so glad she went ahead with it and we now have these wonderful memories and pictures of her from that day just last Saturday as a lasting legacy. Emma's parents have requested that anyone who wants to express their sympathies do so by making a donation on Emma's JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/Emma-Welch5/ rather than sending flowers. We know this is what Emma would have wanted. In memory of Emma, let’s smash the fundraising target she set.”
At the request of the family we have also set up a mobile giving number as well: text EMMA15 £5 to 70070 to donate £5 All funds will go towards Brain Tumour Research.