Brave Emma will be remembered at concert this Saturday

Emma Cameron
Emma Cameron

A SPECIAL concert is being held to raise funds for a charity inspired by a courageous youngster.

Kirkintilloch Ladies Choir is proud to announce that its next concert – ‘Stage and Screen’ – will be in support of their chosen charity, the Emma Cameron Foundation.

Brave Emma, who attended Torrance Primary School, lost her fight against cancer aged just 11-years-old.

During her final weeks at home the family discovered that no nightly sit-in service was available for children, although it was available for adults with terminal illness.

The foundation was set up and very quickly achieved within six months what they had realistically aimed to achieve in three years – providing trained nurses to give overnight support to families of terminally-ill children being nursed at home.

The service – in conjunction with the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) – currently covers the west of Scotland, but the Torrance charity is aiming for it to be rolled out across the country.

It is just part of the foundation’s amazing work – inspired by a youngster who loved life and lived it to the full.

Emma died on April 1, 2011, some 15 months after a diagnosis of an osteosarcoma in her right leg. During this time Emma underwent regular chemotherapy with all the associated side effects, an above-knee amputation and surgery on her lung.

She also had to deal with a terminal diagnosis for several months, but continued to go to school up until 10 days before her death – including an adventure week at an outdoor centre at Loch Long just a fortnight before she died.

Emma even carried out her own fundraising whilst very ill, including a yard sale and a fun day at her school. She was also a regular at her local Girls’ Brigade and was a great cook.

Kirkintilloch Ladies Choir’s concert in aid of the foundation takes place this Saturday, April 20, at 7.30pm in St David’s Memorial Park Church, Kirkintilloch. Tickets cost £5 each and are available from choir members or you can pay at the door.

As well as the choir, special guests The Westertones will also perform. The concert will be led by conductor Bryan Marshall and accompanied by pianist Maryam Sherhan.

The programme for the evening consists of many well-known and loved songs from films and the shows.

A choir spokesperson said: “There will be something for everyone and audience members will go home with catchy songs ringing in their heads.

“We hope to fill the church and in doing so help to raise much-needed funds for a very worthwhile cause.

“Please come along and support us and the Emma Cameron Foundation.”

A spokesperson for the foundation said: “We are thrilled to be supported locally in this way and know the choir will entertain everyone.”

Visit www.kirkintillochladieschoir.co.uk for more information.

Factfile:

* The Emma Cameron Foundation was established to provide support for organisations and charities which supported Emma during her treatment and surgery for osteosarcoma.

It is seen as a piece of a charitable jigsaw in ensuring funds are allocated to groups which provide fantastic support.

For more information visit www.emmacameronfoundation.org.uk

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