Emily’s musical marathon is a smash hit!
Music therapist Emily Grimes ‘got by with a little help from her friends’ to complete a 24 Hour Kitchen Disco Challenge in aid SNAP.
Emily’s musical marathon – held live and virtually from The SNAP Centre in Warley – lasted 1,440 minutes and was viewed by the charity’s families, supporters and the wider community.
She was supported by SNAP’s Director of Family Services, Karen Boath, and Family Support Adviser, Dale Kerr, who join Emily each week to bring ‘Radio SNAP’ to Facebook Live every Friday morning at 9.30am.
A tired but euphoric Emily was blown-away by the reaction to her disco endeavours.
She said: “It’s been phenomenal, emotional and the most amazing experience. I would like to thank everyone who helped to make the 24-hour Kitchen Disco fundraiser in aid of SNAP Charity as incredible as it was. Hearing everyone’s lovely comments and knowing that families were singing and dancing at home really helped spur us on.”
With donations still coming in the fundraising total currently stands at more than £12,500.
“I never imagined we would raise such a phenomenal amount of money for SNAP. I believe music speaks to us all and that it can genuinely change lives. This fundraising total will help change so many families lives for the better. A huge thank you to Karen, Dale, the SNAP team, the various performers that joined me throughout the duration, those who switched us on at various stages and those who stayed up with us for the whole 24 hours as well as EVERYONE who donated,” added Emily.
Karen said the event highlighted the love for SNAP in the community. “I was completely overwhelmed by the support we had throughout the 24 hours and how special it was for families and supporters. The love for SNAP was absolutely immense the whole way through and it was a magical event to be part of and something I will never forget.
“Every donation is hugely appreciated and will go a long way towards helping SNAP continue to be here for Essex families who have a child or young person with any special need or disability. We are hugely grateful to Emily for pledging to take on such a task to support our charity.”
SNAP parents, whose children have been helped by the charity, were quick to praise the event.
One said: “We have all been blown away by your magnificent efforts throughout the years, but then you surpass yourselves yet again! Outstanding in every possible respect! Thank you so, so much on behalf of all the families who desperately need this incredible service. You raised so much money, which is a testament to how highly regarded SNAP is.”
Another added: “We are all very proud of what you guys have achieved. Well done to everyone involved and for giving us one of the most memorable times in lockdown 2021.”
Early plans are in place to repeat the musical marathon in 2022. In the meantime, if you would like to support Emily’s challenge it is still possible to donate on her Just Giving Page, please visit – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/emilys-24-hour-kitchen-disco-for-snap-charity
To join the gang on their Friday Live music session on any Friday at 9.30am go to – https://www.facebook.com/SnapCharity