Friends of an inspirational schoolgirl who died days after setting an unofficial world record are to honour her memory by trying to do a double.
Charity champion Emma Welch, 14, of Chilcompton, Somerset climbed Mount Snowdon last year with 135 teddy bears, just days before an operation to correct her scoliosis.
But after setting a record for the most teddies on a mountain summit she died from complications just hours after the surgery to correct the painful curvature of the spine.
Friends are now preparing to attempt two Guinness World Records on the first anniversary of her death to carry on the fundraising legacy of the teenager who spent years climbing and cycling to raise £13,000 for charity.
On Saturday June 4 2016 at the Forum in Bath they will attempt to break the current record of 485 people crocheting simultaneously and world’s produce the largest display of crocheted items. Friends are busy trying to crochet more than 13,000 daisies to sell on the day.
Norton Hill School student, Victoria Roberts, 15, said: “Since the sad death of my dear friend Emma Daisy Welch, I have taken it upon myself to continue her mantel as a fundraiser for Brain Tumour Research. Emma was passionate about raising funds for research into the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under the age of 40. Having learned that Andrew Stammers, the Minister at Radstock Baptist Church, had been diagnosed with a brain tumour, she was shocked that just 1 percent of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease. And This led to her decision to take on some incredible challenges to raise desperately needed funds for research into brain tumours despite being in pain herself with scoliosis.
When she was 12 years old the pupil from Norton Hill School in Midsomer Norton climbed the same height as Everest on an indoor climbing wall and in 2014 completed a 1,000-mile cycling challenge.
Victoria said it is more common than people realise and added: “Our family too have been touched by this awful form of cancer.
“My aunt, Sharon Wootten, died aged 45, having been diagnosed with a brain tumour when she was 39, leaving my teenage cousins without a mum.”
The friends are currently looking for volunteers to take part in the record breaking challenge, which will last for 20 minutes, or crochet a flower for the display. If you can help book a free ticket on http://www.eventbrite.co.uk and search for crocheting world record attempt.
Carol Robertson, head of community fundraising at Brain Tumour Research said the charity wanted to set up seven dedicated research centres. She commented: “It is wonderful that Victoria and Daisy Bear are continuing Emma’s incredible legacy. Now we just need more people to be inspired to help make these challenges become record-breakers.”