Burns Night helps to fund Ellie’s charity

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FUNDRAISING has been given a Scottish twist at a Scarborough pub.

The Castle Tavern, in Castle Road, is hosting a Burns Night meal in aid of Ellie’s Fund.

The charity was set up in memory of Scarborough school girl Ellie Othick Bowmaker, who died last year at the age of 14 after battling two brain tumours.

This evening the pub is putting on a free traditional meal consisting of Haggis, potatoes, neeps and whisky gravy to celebrate Burns Night.

Although the meal is free, customers will be asked to make a donation to Ellie’s Fund.

Jimmy Rice, landlord of the Castle Tavern said: “We wanted to do something to celebrate Burns Night and also thought it would be a good opportunity to raise money for charity.

“We have done a few events in support of Ellie’s Fund as some of our bar staff knew her, and knew what a fantastic girl she was.

“I’m hoping that we will get a lot of people in to enjoy a good Scottish evening and help raise some money for the charity.”

Scottish attire is welcome and there will a few kilt wearers on the evening, including Steven French who will be addressing the Haggis to pipe music.

The charity evening starts at 7.30pm and meals will be on a first come first served basis.

Ellie’s Fund, which was set up by Ellie’s mother Heather Othick continue’s Ellie’s fundraising efforts in support of young people suffering from brain cancer, and also helps raise awareness of the condition.