EMILY PALMER, BCAv
Emily, from Marlborough, established Oscar’s Fund in 2014, following the tragic death of her nephew Oscar Angus Rennie, who was stillborn at 31 weeks. Oscar was survived by his twin sister, Claudia Ava Rennie, who was also born at 31 weeks, and who spent the first month of her life in a neonatal unit.
Since starting Oscar’s Fund, Emily has undertaken various fundraising projects including an online auction raising more than £1,700 for Sands, a UK charity providing support for bereaved parents and their families; a Facebook campaign to raise money for the neonatal unit that cared for Oscar’s twin sister; a barn dance that raised almost £1,000 jointly for Tamba, the Twin and Multiple Birth charity, and family bereavement charity Children are Butterflies. She has also held a Teddy Bear’s Picnic and Forest Trail for the charity Tommy’s, and a Halloween Ball, which she ran with a friend for three charities, raising £4,800.
In December, Emily, along with her sister Victoria, made special gift boxes for all of the babies on the maternity unit at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital on Christmas Day. Emily has had an incredible impact on the child bereavement community. Over the last year, her work has given her the chance to speak with several families who have lost a child/children, and from each heart-rending story, she learns more of what will help these bereaved parents, fuelling her desire to do more.
Emily is just 17 years old, and is a sixth form student at St John’s School, in Marlborough. Incredibly, she managed to fit in all of her fundraising activity around her International Baccalaureate studies.
Nominated by Victoria Palmer