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17 May 2012

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Life returns to normal for Wigan Youngster all thanks to local support

Emma Hoolin, the brave four-year-old from Whitley, Wigan, who spent five months in Philadelphia undergoing treatment for Neuroblastoma, has returned home to friends and family and is now well enough to start school.

Emma and her family returned from the US at the end of March and are settling back into normal life. Emma’s health has continued to improve, so much so that she has been able to start school at Woodfield Primary and this weekend is looking forward to celebrating her fifth birthday.

Jill Hoolin, Emma’s mother says, “Thanks to the truly amazing support we have received from the people of Wigan and beyond, Emma received the treatment she so desperately needed at the time she needed it. We are so happy to be home and that Emma is strong enough to start school; she has been so excited and received a wonderful welcome from teachers and classmates at the school.

“We are hoping that Emma remains cancer free and will finally be able to resume a normal life. Throughout her illness, Emma never lost her smile – but is now looking forward to just being a five-year-old and we want to do all the everyday things a family does – shopping, trips to the park, even homework! None of this would have been possible without the magnificent support of everyone who raised funds for Emma. From the bottom of our hearts – THANK YOU for giving our little girl the very best chance of life.”

Now that the family is home and Emma’s treatment is complete, the fundraising appeal has ended. However for those who have been touched by Emma’s plight and others like her, or who are still raising funds, please donate to the Neuroblastoma Alliance UK. This charity helps children and families all over the UK by managing appeals that fund treatment abroad, as well as vital research into the rare condition.  Neuroblastoma Alliance UK helped Emma’s family to fundraise and arranged the treatment in the US. They are currently supporting another 17 children with Neuroblastoma in the UK. To find out more, or donate visit


22 November 2011

Emma Hoolin Appeal – Target reached in only nine weeks

The Emma Hoolin Appeal committee is delighted to be able to announce that in only nine weeks we have reached our appeal target of £210,000.

This unbelievable achievement is down to the kindness and generosity of the amazing community of Wigan, family, friends, strangers and the local media who have come together to help us raise this astonishing amount of money to help Emma.

“Linn Robinson, appeal co-ordinator said: We would like to thank everyone that has donated or fundraised for Emma’s appeal so far. We will be continuing to for the unforeseeable future as it is likely that Emma will need additional treatment.

Our initial target of £210,000 covers the costs of immunotherapy treatment only; it does not cover the cost of treating any complications. For example, if Emma needed just one night in an intensive care unit in the US, this would cost at least $10,000 (approximately £6,250).”

Emma has now started her immunotherapy treatment and it is going well. However, due to complications with her damaged kidneys she has had to receive some treatment by a specialist renal team, this means treatment costs are already in excess of £210,000.

All the forthcoming fundraising events are as important to the appeal as the events that that have already been held. Please continue with all fundraising activity as planned.

Even if the treatment is successful, Emma’s future remains uncertain as neuroblastoma has a high relapse rate. Getting the best treatment for neuroblastoma can be incredibly expensive so we hope that people will continue to support Emma’s appeal to give Emma the best possible chance.

Any money that isn’t used for Emma’s treatment will go to the Neuroblastoma Children’s Cancer Alliance to be used for other children that urgently need treatment.


4 November 2011

Emma and family flew out to Philadelphia to get settled and organised for Immunotherapy treatment to start in the week commencing 12 Nov. The fundraising carries on in order to reach Emma’s minimum target. To date we have raised an amazing £ 165,431

3 November 2011

Amazing eBay auction was launched with fab paraphanalia from the music industry. From Noel Gallagher trainers to signed Cold Play Lithographies. Check this out: and it is all being auctioned in aid of Emma.


Woodfield Primary School has agreed to become a donation drop off center. People who have not got access to the internet, who would prefer to post or drop off donations for Emma’s Appeal can now do so Mon – Fri during school opening hours:

Woodfield Primary School, Wigan Lane, Wigan, WN1 2NT

Please make cheques payable to Emma Hoolin Appeal


Studio recording session with members from The Verve and Gorillaz being auctioned on eBay in aid of Emma: 




Emma’s Story will be featured on Granada Reports this evening 4.10.2011