End of an era for Chippy-based charity

The festival has raised large sums for charity
The festival has raised large sums for charity

A memorial trust in Chipping Norton will host one final summer festival as their decade of fundraising and financial support comes to an end.

Emma’s Trust was founded in 2005 in memory of 18-year-old Emma Curtis-Smith, who died suddenly after complications triggered by asthma.

As a bright, enthusiastic young woman studying Sports Science at college, Emma had a passion for dance and hoped to become a PE teacher.

Following overwhelming support from the local community, Emma’s family set up the memorial trust, which is also a fully registered charity, in her honour.

It has since awarded more than £100,000 to over 9,000 young people, as well as sports and theatre organisations.

The family festival promises a source of entertainment and fun for everyone, with music and dance performances, fair rides, food stalls, children’s workshops and a community market.

There will be Go Karting for aspiring Lewis Hamiltons and the Adam Henson Cotswold Farm Park will be on site with a host of furry friends.

The second day of the festival will see performances from some of the West End’s most acclaimed theatre musicals, such as Billy Elliot.

There will also be open auditions for local bands and musicians to perform on the Sunday. Anyone interested should email info@emmastrust.com to request a place.

The festival takes place from September 5 - 6 at Chippy Cricket Club.

For more, go to www.emmastrust.com