Meet our Community Fundraiser Emma

Meet our Community Fundraiser Emma

Thu 26 May

Emma recently joined our team to help us spread awareness and raise funds across South Yorkshire.
Introducing Emma Garbutt, our new fundraiser who will be working across Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster and the rest of South Yorkshire to increase awareness of our charity and raise vital funds.

Emma starred on season two of The Voice UK as part of Team Tom and performed for 15 years as a country music artist.

When the pandemic hit, Emma's tours were cancelled, so she decided to try something new and entered a pageant. Emma was chosen as Miss Doncaster Great Britain 2020/21 and went on to place in the top 10 in Miss Great Britain 2021.
In January 2021, Emma lost her best friend Luke to a rare form of bone cancer called Ewings Sarcoma. Emma started a project called ‘The Kindness Drive’ in his name. The project donated thousands of comfort items to teenage cancer wards around Yorkshire, and in December 2021 donated hundreds of Christmas gifts to Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
Emma decided to use her pageant platform to campaign for more emotional, financial and physical support for young people with cancer, to help them be more independent.
Emma said: “It broke my heart to see Luke lose his independence throughout his illness, especially during lockdown because he obviously became extremely vulnerable to Covid.
“Throughout the pageant in I found myself campaigning for better support for young people with cancer. My passion continued long after the competitions and I decided I wanted to make my campaign more than just a pageant platform; I wanted it to be my career.
“Two years later I am extremely excited to continue my journey by joining YBTC as a Community Fundraiser, such an incredible charity providing life-changing support for people who need it most. I look forward to meeting the charity’s amazing supporters across the South Yorkshire area!”

To find out more about the rest of the YBTC team, visit our Meet Our Team page.
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