Charity shortlisted for Pride of Britain awards

A charity supporting families who have lost babies has been shortlisted for a number of prestigious awards.

Friday, 17th July 2020, 8:00 am
Emelia-Paige Williams and her mum Petra, who has set up Darcey's Dream in memory of the daughter she lost.

Blyth-based Darcey’s Dream have received several Pride of Britain nominations within the charity this year.

The charity was set up after Emelia-Paige Williams wanted to remember and honour her younger sister Darcey who died when she was nine-and-a-half weeks old.

It provides memory boxes for families as well as counselling, therapy and support for families who suffer loss of a child.

Emelia-Paige has been nominated for Good Morning Britain Young Fundraiser of the Year for the second year running for her #10lengthsfordarcey campaign.

As well as that, Darcey’s Dream has been nominated for the TSB Community Partner Award for the first time while Petra Williams, the charity’s founder, has also been nominated in the same category as the charity and the Special Recognition award.

A spokesperson for Darcey’s Dream said: “We are all so proud of Emelia-Paige and all that she has accomplished so far this year.

"To be nominated for a Pride of Britain Award is just the cherry on top of the cake for this amazing young girl.

“Darcey’s Dream has been hit just like every charity has by the Covid-19 pandemic, but that has not stopped us from fundraising and rolling out two new books.”

“The charity’s slogan of ‘my family and siblings matter’ is at the heart of all that the charity does.”

Nikki Pinchen, Vice Chair for Darcey’s Dream, said: “When we set up the charity in 2017, we never would have believed how much the charity has grown in the short space of time it has been established.

"We don't do what we do for any recognition, so to be nominated for a Pride of Britain Award the whole team at Darcey's Dream are delighted to have received the nomination.”

Petra said: “When I was informed by people that they had nominated me in not only one but two categories for a Pride of Britain award I was completely stunned and I would just like to say I am ecstatic to be nominated it really does mean the world to me.

"I have never done what I do for any recognition I found my happiness in helping others through dealing with my own tragedy.

"It is my life long mission to get sibling loss recognised nationally and I will always be a voice for grieving siblings to get them the correct help and support that they so badly need.”