Emily Charlotte Styles our most beautiful brown eyed girl, fell ill suddenly on New year’s eve morning, collapsed and did not regain consciousness. She had been fit and well over Christmas. We had to make the heart breaking decision to turn off the machines keeping her alive on New Year’s day, 2014, just as so many people were celebrating the start of a new year.
Emily was just 19 years and 9 months old when she died.
With the most wonderful enthusiasm for the little things in life, Emily loved special occasions such as Christmas, Easter, birthdays and bonfire night to name just a few. She also had fantastic and brave personal qualities: kindness, empathy and thoughtfulness for others especially those who needed a friend or a kind word. But she was also fiercely determined to do what she thought was right and achieve her goals, including that of becoming a special needs Primary School teacher and she had been due to take up a confirmed place at Winchester University in the summer of 2014, after working for 2 years as a teaching assistant.
Emily was a fantastic and precious daughter, older sister of Sophie, granddaughter, cousin, niece, girlfriend to Ben Older and best friend to so many. Emz had the funniest too-loud laugh that often had friends and family giggling along; you always knew how she felt: if she was angry or sad, happy or thoughtful. But in the end, Emily was so loving, often climbing right into your lap and always giving you the most wonderful hugs -even at 19 years old!
Emily had so much more to give. She would have been a brilliant teacher, wife and mummy, but sadly was denied these chances to shine. We have so many wonderful happy memories from the moment Emily came into the world 2 weeks early at the end of March 1994, but she had so much more to give and our immeasurable loss is for all that was yet to come.
As a lasting legacy to Emily and all that she still had to give we feel it’s about time we all tried to be a bit more like Emily. We'd like to raise money as a tribute to her values and dreams. If there's a personal skill you have or a goal you'd like to achieve or even if you'd like to contribute to the fund on special occasions like her birthday (31/3/94) these could all raise valuable funds. Meningitis Now also organise lots of events you can be a part of. If you can't contribute with money, perhaps you could just do something kind and thoughtful for someone who needs it or wasn't expecting it. It would mean so much to us to hear what you've done and to raise some money in Emily's name.
Please help us with our 'It's About Time' campaign for Emily and let’s all celebrate the qualities that Emily lived her short life by and help Meningitis Now keep researching this terrible illness and keep helping and supporting families like ours.
7,214 is the number of days Emily was with us in this world; we’ve already raised over £10,000 in celebration full and precious life. Can you help us to raise even more to fund support and awareness into this cruel disease.
Thank you so much Xxx Julia Peter and Sophie Styles xxX