On Tuesday 21 June 2005 Emma Curtis-Smith collapsed whilst watching her boyfriend on his first parade as an officer cadet at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in Surrey.
Emma, aged just 18 at the time, had been an asthma sufferer from an early age but never found it debilitating. She was having difficulty breathing on the day, thought to be due to the heat, excitement and high pollen count, but she suffered a collapsed lung leading to a major heart attack (spontaneous tension pneumothorax). Emma was seen immediately by medics and rushed to Frimley Park hospital where she was resuscitated but sadly lost her fight three days later on Friday 24 June.
Emma was a bright, cheerful and beautiful young woman who went about her life with verve and enthusiasm. She was a student at Chipping Norton School until 2003 when she went on to study Sports Science at college in Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire she intended to then become a PE teacher.
Emma worked in the local community as a lifeguard at the local outdoor pool, teaching swimming and games to children, a member of Chipping Norton School of Dance for over 10 years she choreographed a number of children's shows at The Theatre, Chipping Norton. Emma also undertook the Sports Leaders course, helping organise numerous festivals for young people; she was also a fitness coach at Heythrop Park. She really was an amazingly talented person who always believed she was no more special than the next.
Emma's sister, Hattie then aged 7, described her sister as being "the most beautiful angel in heaven".
Following the massive response from the community after Emma's death her family have started a memorial trust, Emma's Trust.