Wendy Kemp Jewellery Update
Its been 10 months since my ECHO Heart Collection started. Inspired from a conversation in the school playground with my friend Julie who's son Oscar was born with congenital heart disease. She was looking for ideas for fund raising for ECHO and now 10 months on, the collection has grown to 3 full galleries on my website and has raised £1,642.00. We are delighted and hope that this year we can raise even more money and awareness for this worth while cause.
In the 10 months of making this collection I have had many touching emails from parents with heart babies and heart children and even parents themselves who have had heart surgery. I would like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has sent very kind comments about my work. Most of the children are now living very happy full lives. There are however some sad stories. I would like to share a couple of my correspondences with you from Malory and Peter. Thank you Malory and Peter and everyone else who have mentioned their own personal story which makes my work so worth while and keeps me motivated and enthusiastic to help ECHO.
Malory contacted me in October when she came across my website in the ECHO Newsletter. She was looking for a personal pendant in memory of her baby girl Meghan who sadly passed away from Congenital Heart Disease.
'Meghan was my 1st child and sadly passed away from CHD. I am a member of ECHO and it would be my daughters birthday on the 1st November. We only had her for 3 weeks but she made such an impact on all our lives and hearts'. Malory
I designed a special personalised necklace in memory of Megan. On receiving her necklace I was delighted when Malory emailed me.
I've just received my necklace omg its amazing and beautiful and just as I pictured it to be. Thank you so much.
After asking permission to put the picture of her necklace and mention Meghan on my blog she replied:
'I'm still excited and very much enjoying my necklace I really love it to bits. I would be delighted for you to use it on your blog .ECHO is a very worth while charity. I know in the early days when we found out about Meghan as 1st time parents they were a great support and made coping and understanding Meghan's condition a little easier and being able to chat with other parents made you realise that there are others out there all coping in similar situations and your not alone. They were wonderful help and support and very understanding. There will never be enough words to thank them for helping us. We are very much supporters of ECHO and are glad and happy that there are people like yourself that are happy to help.
Take care and best wishes
Malory's Necklace and Peter's Bracelet is shown in the images below.
ECHO - The Evelina Children's Heart Organisation is a charity which supports the hundreds of children born with a heart condition and their families who are born at the Evelina Hospital in London.