In 2009, Emma’s friend Rifleman Jamie Gunn was killed when his vehicle hit an Improvised Explosive Device in Afghanistan; he was only 21 years old. In Jamie’s memory, Emma has dedicated herself to fundraising for The Soldiers’ Charity.
She’s run the London Marathon five times, organised festive Santa Runs, taken part in the 2016 Charity’s Cateran Yomp and enlisted the corporate support of her employer, Barclays. She has held numerous events in her hometown of Monmouth. In recognition of her fundraising efforts Emma was chosen in 2012 to be an Olympic torch bearer.
Emma is an Ambassador of our Charity and has raised over £35,000 in aid of soldiers, former soldiers and their immediate families in times of need. She attributes this fundraising success to the generosity of the local community in Monmouth. She says ‘I think nearly everyone in Monmouth wears a Soldiers’ Charity wristband – quite frequently people are asking me for them. I work for Barclays and people will go into a branch in Monmouth and give sponsor money for me’.
As well her marathon and community fundraising, Emma supported the Charity by being a brand ambassador for our partnership with Pandora Jewellery. Along with two other female supporters she allowed us to share her story to help promote The Soldiers’ Charity British Rose Charm. She told us that she proudly wears the charm because “It reminds me of people like my friend Jamie who gave his life for our Country. I want people to ask about it so I can explain what The Soldiers’ Charity is all about.
“I think what The Soldiers’ Charity does is amazing. How it’s helped families, how it’s helped soldiers and ex-soldiers to move on with their lives is really key, and I’d like to think that I’m part of helping people move on.”