Emily’s fundraising mission

September 02 2014

GIVING back to two charities which have supported both her daughter and father is Horfield woman, Emily McGuinness.

GIVING back to two charities which have supported both her daughter and father is Horfield woman, Emily McGuinness.
She will raising money for Southmead Hospital's neonatal intensive care unit, which saved her daughter Isla's life when she was born in 2012 with unexpected, life-long complications.
Emily will also be raising money for the Stroke Association, as her father has suffered from a series of strokes over the years.
"Both charities are very close to my heart," said Emily.
Isla - who was undergone three major surgeries - spent her first 10 weeks in Southmead Hospital's NICU.
She was born with congenital hypotonia (weakness of the body), weight faltering, gastroesophageal reflux (inability to hold down food), developmental delays, patent ductus arteriosus and patent foramen ovale (opening of the heart valve causing the heart to pump blood into the lungs), and respiratory difficulties.
Emily wrote on her Just Giving page: "At her 12 week scan all was fine but at 20 weeks we were told of some abnormalities. We were referred to a specialist who saw us several times and the abnormalities slowly improved.
"However problems were found with her heart so we were referred to a heart consultant, who saw us many times and explained that Isla's heart was the wrong shape. She however didn't think it was much to worry about."
Isla was born normally but immediately had problems breathing and was taken straight to the unit at Southmead.
Emily wrote on her Just Giving page: "I didn't get to hold her until seven hours after she was born - she was a very sick little girl."
Two-year-old Isla has already undergone surgery to have her heart valve closed, her stomach folded over to prevent vomiting, as well as a percutaneous endoscopic gastroscopy tube inserted.
According to doctors, Isla is an "undiagnosed genetic" where they are unable to match symptoms to a possible diagnosis.
Emily added: "Doctors don't know if Isla will ever be able to walk or talk - we don't know what her future holds. But she's so determined and such a happy little thing considering everything she's gone through.
"We still have a long and uncertain road ahead, sometimes we just take it in our stride, other days it is all too much to bear."
The fundraising day is to take place at the Eastfield Inn, Henleaze on September 27, from 1.30-4pm.
There will be stalls, face painting, lucky dip, a raffle and other activities. Children will have the opportunity to meet Anna from the recent Disney hit, Frozen, and there will also be magic by the great Jaydini.
As Emily's father is an ex-lord mayor, the now lord mayor, Alistair Watson, will be opening the event.
To find out more about the fundraising event, visit: www.facebook.com/IslaAutumnFayre. To donate money, visit: www.justgiving.com/Emily-McGuinness

Isla and her granddad