An inspirational teenager who raised thousands for charity before she sadly passed away last year, following surgery, has motivated friends to attempt two Guinness World Records on the first anniversary of her death.
Emma Welch, of Chilcompton, climbed Mount Snowdon last year with 135 teddy bears, just days before an operation to correct her scoliosis.
Sadly she passed away from complications hours after the surgery, aged just 14.
A charity champion for Brain Tumour Research since she learnt that her former church minister had been diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour, Emma inspired more than £13,000 in donations for the pioneering UK charity.
On Saturday 4th June 2016, two crochet world records will be attempted at The Forum in Bath.
The first challenge will be an attempt to break the current record of 485 people crocheting simultaneously and the second will be to produce the largest display of crocheted items.
Norton Hill School student, Victoria Roberts, 15, said: “Since the sad death of my dear friend Emma Daisy Welch, I have taken it upon myself to continue her mantel as a fundraiser for Brain Tumour Research.
“Emma was passionate about raising funds for research into the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under the age of 40.
“Having learned that Andrew Stammers, the Minister at Radstock Baptist Church, had been diagnosed with a brain tumour, she was shocked that just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.
“And this led to her decision to take on some incredible challenges to raise desperately needed funds for research into brain tumours despite being in pain herself with scoliosis (a curvature of the spine).
“Our family too have been touched by this awful form of cancer. My aunt, Sharon Wootten, died aged 45, having been diagnosed with a brain tumour when she was 39, leaving my teenage cousins without a mum.
“We need volunteers to sign up to come along to The Forum in Bath around 10am on 4th June and help break the record for the most people crocheting simultaneously.
“We aim to start crocheting punctually at 10.30pm for a period of 20 minutes – so it won’t take up too much time and then you can enjoy the sights or the shops of Bath!
“If you can help us to break this record, please book a free ticket on www.eventbrite.co.uk and search for crocheting world record attempt.
“We are also busy trying to crochet more than 13,000 daisies (which we will sell on the anniversary of losing Emma to raise funds for Brain Tumour Research), but we need a few more people to help us.
“Emma’s teddy, Daisy Bear, has a Facebook page where you can find out more information www.facebook.com/daisy.bear.750 or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07526 570677.”
Carol Robertson, Head of Community Fundraising at Brain Tumour Research commented: “It is wonderful that Victoria and Daisy Bear are continuing Emma’s incredible legacy.
“Now we just need more people to be inspired to help make these challenges become record-breakers.
“Brain Tumour Research is striving to fund a network of seven dedicated research centres whilst challenging the government and larger cancer charities to invest more in brain tumour research.
“Help us fund the fight. Together we will find a cure.”
For more information on Brain Tumour Research go to: www.braintumourresearch.org.