Northumberland youngster's pride at award nomination

A youngster has been nominated for a prestigious award in recognition of her selfless charity work.

Thursday, 4th July 2019, 11:23 am
Updated Friday, 12th July 2019, 8:58 pm
Emelia-Paige Williams is joined in the pool by her mum Petra and Michelle Heaton.

Emelia-Paige Williams, from Northumberland, has been nominated for a Pride of Britain award in the category Good Morning Britain Young Fundraiser of the Year.

The inspirational four-year-old received several nominations for her efforts with Blyth-based Darcey’s Dream, set up by her mother Petra after she lost her daughter Darcey at 23 months to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in 2017.

The charity helps bereaved families and siblings after the death of a baby or child, with one area providing sibling memory boxes.

It also offers a range of support services, including sibling distraction therapy and counselling, and breathing monitors are provided for ‘rainbow babies’ born after the loss of a baby or child.

Emelia-Paige has raised more than £3,000 through her #10lenngthsforDarcey where she has been joined in the swimming pool by celebrities including singers Anthony Costa, Michelle Heaton, Matt Caban, plus sports stars Darren Williams, Lee Howey and Gordon Armstrong, and radio presenters Alfie Joey, Anna Foster and Tom Campbell.

Petra said: “I can't tell you how unbelievably proud of Emelia-Paige I am. She is my true hero.

“This little girl has been through so much trauma at such a young age and she still makes me smile and laugh every single day.

“Her strength and determination is astonishing.

“In my darkest days this little girl says we can do this mummy, we can make Darcey proud. She truly is my hero and my best friend.

“When she first wanted to start her own campaign #10lengthsfordarcey I had no idea how big she would make it.

“To raise over £3,000 in less than a year, have completed 28 swims so far and raise the awareness of sibling loss she has is truly inspirational.

“I was so honoured when Colin Burgin-Plews first nominated her for a Pride of Britain and I cried.”

Matt Pagan, from Collabro, said: “I am absolutely thrilled that Emelia- Paige has been nominated for a Pride Of Britain Award!”

“What she is doing is so important and it’s only right that she has received this nomination, because she is making a huge difference.”