Jubilee party in honour of ill mum

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A LOVING Hucknall girl has staged her latest emotional fundraising event -- a Diamond Jubilee garden party in the name of her mum, who has Parkinson’s Disease.

Thirteen-year-old Emily Parkes, of Frances Grove, held her first charity initiative at the age of nine -- a year after mum Julie was diagnosed with the illness.

The youngster’s motivation was a hope that her efforts would help towards finding a cure for the debilitating degenerative disease, which attacks the nervous system.

Her latest event was held in the garden of her home and attracted 40 friends and family, who helped to raise more than £300.

The total was boosted by another £105, which was donated by family friends who sold cakes at their own Jubilee bash.

Julie (46), who is a school nurse but is off work at the moment, said: “We are really proud of Emily. She is a really kind-hearted and has already written thank-you letters to everyone who came to the garden party.”

Cash collected by Emily will be presented to Parkinson’s UK and the youngster has requested it is earmarked for research into the disease.

This has been the case for all the money she has raised since a coffee morning in 2008 that collected £250.

She also held a coffee afternoon at the Leen Mills Primary School when she was a pupil there. This earned £90.

Last year, Emily and a group of friends went Christmas carol-singing around the Vaughan Estate in Hucknall.

At the garden party, Emily, who goes to National Church Of England Academy in Hucknall, organised a barbecue, raffle, tombola, cake stall and lucky dip for children.

She is now working on a song with her guitar teacher that she hopes to record and sell to raise more money for Parkinson’s UK. The subject will be Julie and the illness but she has not been allowed to hear any of the lyrics.

Emily has made such an impression with the charity that she even features in one of the charity’s booklets, urging people to give their support.

n OUR PHOTO shows Emily and Julie with some of the Jubilee decorations used at the garden party — DISPIC NHUD 12-1509-4