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Mum raises PS63,000 in memory of Milly; BIRMINGHAM CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL HAS THOUSANDS OF SUPPORTERS AND FUNDRAISERS.EACH WEEK WE TELL THE STORY OF ONE OF THE HOSPITAL'S DEDICATED CHARITY CHAMPIONS...

AN INSPIRATIONAL mum is this week's Charity Champion after raising a magical PS63,000 for Birmingham Children's Hospital Charity in memory of her little girl, Milly Jane Hill.

Emma's daughter, Milly, was born with a very rare condition called Pentalogy of Cantrell - a condition characterised by a combination of defects involving the diaphragm, abdominal wall, pericardium (the thin membrane that lines the heart), lower sternum and the heart.

Milly spent the first 15 months of her life in and out of hospital, but sadly she passed away one day before her second birthday as a result of heart failure.

Inspired by the incredible care of her new-found 'hospital friends and family,' Emma created the Magic of Milly fundraising group with the aim of raising PS100,000 for Birmingham Children's Hospital in order to keep Milly's memory alive.

Overwhelmed by the phenomenal support from her friends, family and local community, the 32-yearold mum most recently held her third successful event - the Magic of Milly Rainbow Ball - which raised an incredible PS33,000 through generous raffle prizes and donations. Emma said: "Milly taught me to never give up and to always keep trying until you can't try any more.

Someone once said to me the toughest battles are given to the toughest soldiers and Milly was given more than her fair share of battles, but her final mountain was just too high for her to climb."

Whilst most of Milly's funds will be donated to the children's hospital's Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Emma would also like to split a share of her charity monies between the hospital's Complex Care, Family Liaison and Bereavement services.

She said: "Birmingham Children's Hospital means so much to me. The staff did everything they could for Milly and without them I wouldn't have had the time I did with my daughter, who was, and still is, my best friend.

"Life is so tough without Milly, but I will continue to be a part of the children's hospital and show my gratitude to our hospital friends and family in any way I can. The care and support we received during Milly's two short years was outstanding and I hope to be able to support others going through difficult times as a parent."

Miranda Williams, Public Fundraising Manager at Birmingham Children's Hospital Charity, said: "Emma is an amazing supporter who is truly one of a kind and it's clear to see that brave Milly touched many people's lives and the 'Magic of Milly' still lives on today.

"Giving in memory is a special way to remember a loved one, as well as helping the thousands of brave young children that we treat every day. We can't thank Emma enough for her remarkable donation and continued support." For more information on Birmingham Children's Hospital Charity visit www.bch.org.uk, email fundraising@bch.org.uk or call 0121 333 8506.

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