Funds still rolling in for Emily cause

FAMILY and friends came together at the weekend to help boost funds for a charity in memory of a baby girl from Mansfield.

Five-month-old Emily Harris died more than five years ago but cash continues to be raised for the Emily Harris Foundation.

Orchestrated by her parents Neil and Clare Harris, the latest event was held at Mansfield 
Civic Centre on Saturday evening where quizzes, games 
and a disco were organised.

Clare said: “We had about 85 people there which is what we expected, and the feedback we got was really good.

“We took about £450 which is good because it was about 
raising some money and
 awareness for the charity.”

Emily had been born six weeks premature in September 2006 with a serious heart condition.

Against the odds, she lived for five months, spending much her time in hospital, but was allowed home for two weeks in of December.

However, she contracted a virus and passed away in February, 2007.

Since then, Neil and Clare set up the foundation to help support the King’s Mill neonatal unit, where Emily had been cared for, and have raised more than £20,000 over the past five years.

The money goes towards welcome packs for parents that includes bibs and 
blankets, along with meal vouchers and even help 
towards their fuel costs to get to King’s Mill Hospital.

Clare added: “While the need is still there, we will raise the money for as long as it’s needed.”