The family of a Little Horwood girl who died suddenly from a rare illness two years ago will host a charity ball next month to raise money for a woodland garden in her memory.
Mia Elcock, who was just 13 months old when she passed away at Milton Keynes Hospital in October 2011, loved exploring the outdoors on walks with her mum and dad, Kirstin McIntosh and Simon Elcock.
They have created Mia’s Wood – an area of woodland in Little Horwood – so bereaved parents, local families and young people can share their daughter’s love of nature.
Land for Mia’s Wood was bought on the north side of the village last year and trees and flowers have now been planted. But supporters have lots more plans for the site including nature trails and a tree stump stage for storytelling performances. Mia’s dad, Simon, said trees in their autumn colours would always remind him of his daughter.
He added: “This is why establishing a wood in Mia’s memory, a Mia Wood, is so important to us.
“Planting saplings that will grow and mature over a lifetime, what should have been Mia’s lifetime, into mighty trees – repaying the care and love invested in them with beauty, a lasting joy to everyone.”
Mia’s parents hope next month’s event will also raise public awareness of the new woodland garden.
The ball will be held at Horwood House from 7pm to midnight on Saturday, November 23, with all proceeds going to the Mia’s Wood fund.
Tickets for the black tie event are £50 per person and include a three-course dinner with wine, dancing and live entertainment from singer Alkka Stevenson.
An auction will be held on the evening, and organisers welcome any donations from businesses or individuals.
For further information or to buy tickets, contact Rebecca@miaswood.org.uk.