Fantastic first year for Corby charity

The Shining Stars awards night, organised by the Macy's Memory charity earlier this year

The Shining Stars awards night, organised by the Macy's Memory charity earlier this year

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A fundraising group set up in memory of a little girl who died of a rare condition is celebrating its successful first year as a charity.

Macy’s Memory was launched by Katrina Baker of Selsey Road, Corby, whose life was shattered following the death of her daughter in 2008.

Little Macy, who was just 22 months old had Patau’s syndrome which left her blind, deaf, with kidney and brain abnormalities and severe lung disease.

Despite her heartbreak, Katrina worked tirelessly to turn her tragedy into something positive.

And since Macy’s Memory was granted charity status last summer it has raised £14,550 to help bereaved families and those with children who are terminally ill.

Despite the tough economic times, people have responded with generosity and kindness and Katrina praised everyone for their support for fundraising events during the past 12 months.

She said: “The amount we have raised in the past year is fantastic. We wouldn’t have been able to achieve so much without the generosity of people who have supported our events. Since Macy died people have been so kind and words can’t express how grateful I am.

“Losing a child is the worst thing that can happen to a parent but it’s Macy’s Memory that gets me out of bed in the morning.

“I’m so proud of what we have achieved and the help we have been able to offer other families.”

Originally Macy’s Memory helped bereaved families meet funeral and memorial costs but it now offers additional help and has provided sensory equipment, tablets and ipads for sick children. Skylark Ward at Kettering General Hospital and special needs pupils at Beanfield School in Corby are among its beneficaries.

Katrina said: “It’s when I see we are making a difference to people’s lives that I feel so proud.”

The charity raised £3,000 with its Shining Stars of Northamptonshire awards in May, which recognised people who have lived through tragedy and those who have helped them.

Thanks to students at Corby Business Academy, Macy’s Memory received a further £3,000 when it was put forward by pupils to receive financial support.

Ladies’ nights, fun days and sales have helped bring in more cash and residents at St Clements Court, Kettering, where Katrina’s mum and charity trustee Kim McKellican lives, boosted the coffers by another £1,000 with their cake sales and raffles.

Katrina said: “We have the three trustees, myself, my mum and Claire Devlin but the hard work is all worthwhile.”