This page features a selection of news of what’s happening with the fund.


Jess Anderson was supposed to do participate in the Great North Swim session but it was cancelled due to poor weather. Undeterred Jess took part in the Great Manchester Swim which was a 1 mile swim through the canals of Manchester.

She raised £305 and hopes to receive a further £200 from Kellogg’s.


Josie Hart, was the first person to carry the torch through the streets of Hexham.  And now you can have a slice of the magic moment.

Josie works at Quattro Mori Restaurant in Hexham, where owner Sergio Addis has created a special pizza the ‘2012 Flame’.  £2 from every sale will go directly to Emma’s fund.

Sergio said, “When Josie suggested the idea we were delighted to help. We hope the 2012 flame pizza proves popular with our customers and benefits such an inspiring cause.”

Patrons will also have the chance to be photographed holding the torch, with a discretionary donation being suggested for the Fund.


On June 23rd Andrew Turnbull will be running his first ‘Ultra Marathon’.

THE WALL is a gruelling 69 miles from Carlisle to Newcastle along Hadrian’s Wall and down the Tyne Valley. That’s the equivalent of TWO London Marathons, a Great North Run and an extra 3.5 miles…. In one day!

He will be raising money for The Emma Newton Fund. Visit his fundraising page and give him some support.


A bag pack organised by friends of Emma has raised an amazing £830 in just six hours. Generous Waitrose shoppers gave donations as volunteers carefully packed bags and gave some Christmas cheer.

In total £830.74 was raised making the event an amazing success.


The staff at Vattenfall’s office in Hexham have raised £975.51 by holding a silent auction.  Staff chose The Emma Newton Fund as they were touched by Emma’s story and wanted to do something to show their support.


The amazing players, family and friends of Tynedale Rugby Football Club have made a huge donation to the fund. A collection was taken in November at the match against Cinderford which raised £464.91 and the club’s Management Committee added a further £1,000!

Thank you so much for the amazing generosity.

FUND HITS £50,000!

The Emma Newton Fund has hit £50,000 and it’s all thanks to the generosity of thousands of people who have made donations both large and small.

The Fund, which is managed by The Community Foundation, has been established to support young people in the Performing Arts.

When Emma’s Dad, Robbie Newton, heard the news today he said, ‘It’s amazing. We are so humbled by the number of people who have shown their support. The Fund really will be a lasting legacy for Emma.’

Dozens of events have been organised and hundreds of individual donations have been made. The Bold & Bright Zumba which took place in September raised almost £10,000 and Team Emma who were featured on the BBC’s Great North Run coverage raised a further £6,000.  Local businesses have felt moved to help but none more so than Hexham’s Jo Anderson Designer Hair who have donated several thousand pounds both personally and through their salon.

Friends of Emma’s from dance, drama and school lead the way by organising shows, cake stalls, raffles, a sponsored walk along Hadrian’s Wall and countless collections.

Queen’s Brian May gave his support with a personal donation and support for future events. And Sunderland Empire kindly organised a collection during their recent We Will Rock You show.

Rob Williamson of the Community Foundation said, ‘It is such fantastic news that the Emma Newton Fund has reached £50,000 in such a short time. It is a wonderful testimony to Emma that, through the Fund, her passion for the Arts will live on for generations to come and that many young people will benefit from the generosity of local people.’


Pals of Emma John Nicholson & Ross Keady sang had anything but a silent night after spending several hours Carol Singing in Corbridge.

Over £100 was raised.


Earlier this year Stephen Turnbull set himself a running challenge of 100km of races for The Emma Newton Fund.

On Saturday 5th November 2011 he ran a 15km race in Helvellyn in the Lake District to complete the challenge.

The 100km challenge had been set The Emma Newton Fund and as a way to ensure every penny raised goes direct to the fund.

All the entry money, expenses getting to and from, t shirts etc were paid out of his own pocket, so everything donated is a boost to the fund.

Here’s a picture of Stephen at the end of his epic final run!


David Ryall & Conor Buchanan took time out of their summer holidays to climb the tallest mountain in Britain – Ben Nevis.

They’ve raised almost £400 with their efforts.

David said, ‘Emma was a good friend and like most people who knew her we wanted to do something for the fund.

The picture shows Conor (left) & David (right) on a cold and misty summit.


Musician Sam Dunkley has written and recorded a special track called the Dancer In The Sky’ with all the proceeds from downloads going to the fund.

Sam said, ‘I was lucky enough to meet Emma and was very upset to hear what had happened. I wanted to help the fund in some way but had no money. I came up with the idea of writing a song’

You can listen to the track and download the song using the link below.


The sun shone and the babies came, bringing their mums, dads and grandparents. They watched the babies fascinated by music from actual musical instruments.

Hearing them chuckle when they were swooshed into the air and cuddled back down to the songs cheered the spectators no end.


Well done to the Brilliant walkers from Youth Dance Tynedale who battled through some of the worst weather for July in living memory to walk 40k along Hadrians Wall.

The team lead by Sarah Morgan have so far raised over £2,000!


Thanks to everyone who has supported the fund today we are delighted to announce that the fund has hit it’s initial target of £25,000.  This means the fund will become a permanent endowment with the Community Foundation.

The next stage is to keep building the fund to enable more grants to be made in Emma’s name for ever.

Robbie & Peggy Newton would like to thank everyone who has supported the Emma Newton Fund since it was established.

There’s some amazing things going to be happening in the coming months so keep visiting to find out more.


The Emma Newton Fund has received a boost of support by international rock star and Queen guitarist Brian May.

Brian heard about the fund after Emma’s friends were urged to put their thoughts about her on paper.

Kristin Clawson, a friend and fellow performer wrote of Emma’s incredible talent as a performing arts student and how she had shone in her role as Brit in the school performance of We Will Rock You. She felt moved to share these thoughts with Brian and the rest of the We Will Rock You cast in London.

Brian May’s response was both immediate and genuine with the message:

“I just looked at the news story, what a beautiful girl; I wish I had seen her perform.”

“I was so sorry to hear about Emma’s death.  She really sounded like a great girl. The idea of an Arts fund is a great idea. I’d like to help.”

He then contacted the Fund organisers to offer his support by making a personal donation to the fund, linked his official website to this website and has pledged further support.

He went on to offer words of encouragement and support to Emma’s friends and those involved with the Fund:

“Creating a permanent fund to support young people in the Performing Arts is great. Working to fulfil a talent in singing, acting and dance can be tough.  I’m delighted to help get the Fund established and look forward to seeing it grow.

“I hope all of you will be able to find your way through the inevitable trauma that you will be feeling. Immersing yourselves in a project like this is a good form of therapy, I think. And it is a worthy cause in itself. Good luck with it!”


Seven intrepid runners will be competing in the Great North Run on September 18th in a bid to raise £3,500 for the Fund. Donning tutu’s, big specs and bright red lipstick, ‘Team Emma’ are out to get noticed.

The team includes Emma’s uncle, aunty, cousins, friends and a former teacher who all want to do their bit to remember Emma and establish the fund in her name.

You can see how they’re doing and sponsor your favourite by visiting their JustGiving Team page by clicking here.


A non uniform day at QEHS on June 17th has raised £940 for the fund. Teachers say the response has been amazing with more money being donated than usual. Thank you to all who participated


A plaque which simply says ‘Emma’s Place’ was revealed at a special show on June 15th.

Everyone who knew Emma was aware of her affinity to the studio as place where she brought so much joy to so many people with her performances.


Well done to the brilliant girls from QE High who raised a wonderful £1,337.80 with a delicious cake stall and fantastic raffle. Rebecca Campin, Joanne Bowman, Sara Khazaee, Catherine Welch & Josie Hart. You are amazing!!!


Chris Campin raised over £650 in his first week of fundraising and has now topped the £1,800 mark.

Update 25th June -Chris has Made It!


A massive thank you to Graham’s Post Office & Paper Shop in Corbridge who have collected £261.62 in under a week!
UPDATE Sunday 12th June £301!


Game Junky have come up with the brilliant idea of allowing people to make an additional payment on their eBay sales to go to Emma’s fund.


Theresa Irving who asked the people attending her 80th Birthday Party to give a donation instead of gifts. She donated an amazing £352.25.

The cast and organisers of Missing Pieces who arranged for a collection to take place following theri sponsors performance at the Live Theatre, Newcastle.

Catherine Welch & Olivia Anderson who raised £425.34 by face painting and holding a raffle at Sele Fest in the pouring rain!

Thompsons of Prudhoe for sending £100 to support the walkers

The Staff at Vattenfall who raised almost £1,000 with a silent auction

Helen Harpham and the organisers of the ‘Summertime Swish’ who raised over £350 with their unique event.

Michael Heppell who asked his FaceBook friends to text a donation for his birthday and raised £135.25.

Bill Heppell who decided to give £10 to the fund for each member of his family who turned up for Sunday lunch.  An extra 6 nephews, nieces and kids arrived from Australia giving him a lovely surprise and making his donation £200!

Hexham Golf Club Junior Fund who have donated £232.10.

Snods Edge Junior Youth Club who donated their tips made on at the Sunday Teas on19th June – that’s £70!

Joanne Anderson of Jo Anderson Designer Hair in Hexham who raised over £500 on July 7th and topped it up to £1,000.

Top Signs of Hexham who have just been amazing by helping out with so many things. Where do you start!

Richard Fowler of twentyseven design who has created our beautiful logo for the fund. He’s a genius! See why at

Graham’s Post Office & Paper Shop in Corbridge for an amazing collection – you did it first! Thanks to Rosie Cuthbertson for setting this up and arranging a bunch of other collecting tins. And thank you to the following shops and pubs who have offered to have a tin.

        Paper Shop – Corbridge

        Walton Cookshop – Corbridge

        The Barrasford Arms

        Priestlands Fish & Chip shop – Hexham

        Tea & Tipple – Corbridge

        Jo Anderson Hairdressers – Hexham

        The Black Bull – Corbridge

        Mr Ants – Hexham

        Jo Anderson Designer Hair – Hexham

The brilliant – Rebecca Campin, Sara Khazaee,, Catherine Welch, Josie Hart and Joanne Bowman for your raffle & cake stall!

Everyone who donated at the Abbey on the day of Emma’s funeral.  The Abbey takes half but still £655 found its way to the fund.

Robbie & Peggy donated ALL the takings from the Rugby Club on the day of Emma’s funeral and personally topped it up to £1,500!

Chris Campin – the super cyclist who was first to sign up to a sponsored challenge and has now raised over £2,000!

Our brilliant Team Emma runners who have set a target of £500 each – to get started!

Their corporate sponsors (each paid £100 to sponsor the T-Shirts)

        Matthew Charlton

        JT Dove

        Kevin Robson Construction

        Easy Hire

        Allout Adventures

        Reflections Hair & Beauty

        Budget Taxis

        The Bike Shop Hexham

        Property Design Matters

        Shaftoes Guest House

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