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Strumpshaw girl, 9, just £1,000 away from £6,000 fundraising target for Great Ormond Street Hospital which helped save her life

PUBLISHED: 06:48 23 February 2016 | UPDATED: 08:26 23 February 2016

Cantley Primary School pupil, Emily Bubb, 9, who has had open heart surgery, is very close to her fundraising target. DENISE BRADLEY

Cantley Primary School pupil, Emily Bubb, 9, who has had open heart surgery, is very close to her fundraising target. DENISE BRADLEY

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A nine-year-old girl is today in touching distance of reaching her fundraising goal of £6,000 for a new heart machine for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Leigh Smith’s fundraising campaign for Great Ormond Street Hospital

Emily was inspired to raise money for an ECG machine after reading about the fundraising campaign of Norwich woman Leigh Smith.

Mrs Smith is aiming to raise £43,000 to help buy a heart and lung bypass machine for Great Ormond Street Hospital. The campaign is in memory of her daughter Beatrice who died when she was just 12-weeks-old after she was diagnosed with a rare heart condition.

So far the campaign has raised over £37,000 and Mrs Smith’s family has also been heavily involved in East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices and its nook appeal to build a new hospice in Norfolk.

Emily Bubb, from Strumpshaw, has been raising money for the hospital since she underwent a life saving heart operation there in 2013.

Her fundraising ambitions started after she raised £160 as a thank-you to the hospital by selling loom bands and by 2014 she had raised £1500 by selling gifts at craft fairs.

Her mum, Claire Bulman said it was the story of Norwich woman Leigh Smith that inspired Emily to start raising money for the ECG machine.

“She was really taken by Leigh’s story and decided she wanted to donate the £1500 she had already raised to Leigh’s campaign,” she said. “Emily saw that Leigh was looking to raise £43,000 for a heart and lung bypass machine and thought well why can’t I raise money for something like that.”

Emily Bubb at her 'Craft and Make Fayre' in Brundall raising money for Great Ormond Street. 
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.Emily Bubb at her 'Craft and Make Fayre' in Brundall raising money for Great Ormond Street. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

The Cantley Primary School pupil has held a host of events to raise the money for the ECG machine including a family fun day and a school fete but she said her one of her favourite events was at a music festival.

“One of the best events was the VW Whitenoise Festival where we had a stall selling craft gifts and I also really enjoyed the Christmas craft fair we did which had a Santa’s Grotto and raised £800,” said Emily.

The nine-year-old, who has a hereditary heart condition, has also received support from a number of people including Sam and Ben Bethall who donated £1000 to her campaign and her Grandpa, Richard Bulman, who is running the Thames Meander Marathon in March to raise money.

Once Emily has reached this fundraising target she has no plans to stop her charity work and is already thinking of the next challenge.

“I have already called Great Ormond Street to see what other equipment they need and what else we can buy for them,” she said. “And I am really grateful to everyone who has helped me and donated money to my campaign so far, I don’t know how to say thank you.”

•To donate to Emily’s campaign visit her Just Giving page.

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