WHEN former Wetherby resident and mum Emma Maltby died aged 38 from cancer a trust fund was set up in her name.
After a mammoth effort from her family, including sister Jane Stevens, the charity has topped the £1million mark in its tenth year.
Emma, who had moved to Huntley, died in 2003 leaving twins Louis and Amelia, now 18, and husband Alexander.
The Emma Maltby Memorial Fund aims to make life better for child, teenage and young adult cancer patients.
And, as Emma was passionate about education, the funds help pay for learning mentors to help cancer patients to continue studying throughout their treatment.
Her sister Jane Stevens has seen the fund grow beyond the family’s wildest expectations. Last October, the total crept past £1million.
“It has been a long journey,” she said. “We set ourselves a £12,000 target in the first year but we had so many donations after her funeral in Huntley we knew we could raise more.
“At the memorial service we asked people to make donations and in the first year we raised £80,000. It shows how much of a loved person she was.”
Jane added: “Her children Amelia and Louis were only eight when Emma died and they have done a lot of fundraising.”
The fund employs two mentors at St James’s University Hospital and the Leeds General Infirmary.
More than £80,000 is needed each year to cover the charity’s costs.
Donate at emmf.org.