Our late beautiful daughter, Emily May Ridgwell, was born in January 2015 but fell ill suddenly and sadly died six weeks later. We spent the last ten days of Emily’s all too short life at Martin House Children’s Hospice in Boston Spa, Wetherby.
The care all three of us received there was amazing and allowed us as parents to spend quality time with Emily that we could not have had at the hospital. Martin House provides care and support to children with life limiting conditions and their families. The hospice relies almost entirely on donations and fundraising to provide this service.
We are particularly proud of Emily as she donated her heart valves and two of these (one for a seven-month-old girl and one for a one-month old girl) have been used in successful transplant operations. It means a great deal to us that she has been able to help two little girls whose families will have been going through a difficult journey.
In honour of Emily and her achievements, and in order to do our bit to ensure Martin House can continue to provide their unique and special care, we held ‘Emily’s Ball 2016’ at York Racecourse on 30th January 2016, on what would have been Emily’s first birthday. We raised over £12,000 for Martin House on the night and buoyed by the success we announced that we would subsequently be holding the event every two years for the foreseeable future. ‘Emily’s Ball 2018’ was held on January 27th 2018, at which we raised another £14,500 for Martin House. The eagerly anticipated ‘Emily’s Ball 2020’ will be held at York Racecourse on 1st February 2020 and further details on this event can be found here.
Our story was covered in the York Press and can be read here.