The mother of a teenage girl who almost lost her life in December 2015 is asking the community to get behind The Sick Children’s Trust by attending her Big Chocolate Tea event to raise much-needed funds for the charity.
Emma Tapp, 36, is organising the fundraiser on Saturday 28 April at ‘The Place’ in Pitsea to raise both money and awareness for the charity which supported her when her daughter was critically ill in hospital, miles away from home.
Emma experienced every parent’s worst nightmare when her daughter, Chloe, then 15, collapsed in the middle of the night at their home in Laindon and was rushed into the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at Basildon University Hospital. Chloe was intubated and transferred to The Royal London Children’s Hospital for specialised treatment. It was at this point that her family were supported by The Sick Children’s Trust and given free ‘Home from Home’ accommodation at its Stevenson House, just minutes from Chloe’s hospital bedside.
To thank the charity for giving them a ‘Home from Home’ while Chloe fought for her life, Emma and her partner Trevor are joining in with the charity’s annual Big Chocolate Tea campaign. Big Chocolate Tea is The Sick Children’s Trust’s biggest annual fundraising event, which runs throughout May and encourages supporters to take part to raise £30 which will support a family with a ‘Home from Home’ for one night when their loved one is in hospital.