What is Emma's Fund?
Emma's fund was launched in the name of Emma Wilson who recently passed away due to complications arising from her anorexia nervosa; she was only 24. Emma had a huge passion for horses and horse riding, and when she was well was successful on the equestrian circuit. Anyone who knows Emma will know she loved horses! Emma's Dad, and a few of her friends decided to donate money raised at Emma's funeral to Pony Partnerships C.I.C. Emma's Fund at Pony Partnerships C.I.C. combines Emma's love of horses and the chance to help others battling an eating disorder, as a tribute to Emma's memory.
Equine therapies offers a complement to the typical psychological therapies currently offered in inpatient and outpatient settings, as well as an opportunity to those who have not received a diagnosis to offer support. Emma's Fund will provide funding to allow young people affected by eating disorders to access specialist equine therapies as part of their treatment. Pony Partnerships will continue to fundraise in order to allow this fund to continue in Emma's memory. Eating disorders are not something you can just get over by simply eating/not eating; therapy and the right type of treatment is needed for long term recovery; although it is too late for Emma, it's not too late for others suffering.
Rebecca Hackforth was in the same hospital as Emma and were both were discharged around the same time. During Rebecca's time in hospital with Emma, she saw the impact her anorexia had on her.
Below are some comments made by friends of Emma's about Emma's Fund:
"After Emma passed away her dad gave me the honour of choosing how the money raised in her memory should be spent.
Anyone who's ever met Emma will know how much she loved horses! Pony partnerships is a service providing equine therapy, helping people overcome difficulties, such as mental health problems, including eating disorders. The service is run by a lady called Danielle, who not only has a passion for helping others, but who also has a true insight of what it is like to suffer. Having battled an eating disorder herself, she is now recovered and using her experience to help others. I was lucky enough to have met Danielle through an eating disorder charity 5 years ago. She supported me when the NHS was failing me. Some of the best advice I've ever received has come from Danielle as she truly understands. Often the NHS focuses purely on weight in regards to eating disorders, but she realises it's not about weight, whether you're underweight or overweight you can still struggle. Danielle honestly does have great empathy, patience and understanding. She positively impacted my life, and through Pony Partnerships is continuing to help others. Combining Emma's love of horses and the chance to help others battling an eating disorder, Pony Partnership is a fitting tribute to Emma, and will continue to keep her memory alive. Today Pony Partnerships have launched "Emma's Fund". This will provide bursaries to help people effected by eating disorders can access equine therapy. I really do believe "Emma's Fund" will make a difference to people's lives and I would encourage people to consider donating to this wonderful cause."
"Emma's fund was launched in the name of my friend Emma Wilson who recently passed away from anorexia . This is equally close to my heart as Emma suffered from the same illness that has effected me for the past three years and still trying to overcome .Emma had a very close bond with horses as they were her passion. This fund helps people suffering from any eating disorder or disordered eating access an alternative to the typical psychological treatment for eating disorders. I'm honoured to know the people who set this up, and this fund was created in her name . I know Emma would be so happy that her name and presence was helping people with something she had a passion for. I'm happy that something good has came out of something so horrible and Emma's name and memories will live on. Rip Emma, never forgotten."