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 in August 2015 we found out that a seven-month-old girl had used one of Emily’s heart valves in a successful transplant operation. It meant a great deal to us that she was able to help a little girl with a similar birth date, whose family would have been going through a difficult journey at the same time as us.
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 a charity ball 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 are delighted to announce that we will be holding the ball every two years for the foreseeable future. The next ball will be held on January 27th 2018, details of which can be found on this website.
Our story was covered in the York Press and can be read here.