Corporate Social Responsibility
At Interact Medical, we are delighted to be a fundraising partner for 2015 to the fantastic charity, Emily’s Star.
Emily’s Star is a Milton Keynes based charity that was set up in April 2012 (registered charity since July 2013) by Katie Elmer. After a fairly normal 36 weeks of pregnancy, it was discovered that Katie’s baby was smaller than she should be so it was decided after lots of scans & appointments to induce Katie at 38 weeks. Emily was born at 9.56pm weighing a tiny 4lb 5oz. At exactly 39 weeks, Emily was rushed to the Neonatal unit to receive urgent care.
Emily was diagnosed with Trisomy 18, also known as Edwards syndrome, which is the UK’s second most common syndrome after Trisomy 21 (Downs Syndrome). Trisomy 18 is a life-limiting syndrome with many babies passing away before the age of 1. Katie and Ben (Emily’s father) were told that Emily may only live for as little as 4 days. Emily was strong and lived for longer than expected but sadly passed after 26 days.
Katie made it her mission to start Emily’s Star to raise awareness of Trisomy 18, including providing boxes of essentials to neonatal units for babies born prematurely or underweight and also to help other parents that find themselves facing the heartache of their children living with complex needs.
Emily’s Star continually fundraises and also arranges activities for lots of children (and their families). A few of their projects can be viewed on their website www.emilysstar.co.uk
We’re thrilled to be able to support such an amazing charity and look forward to raising money for Emily’s Star throughout 2015.