Ellie’s course to help fund reach £250,000 mark

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A Scarborough mother will celebrate what would have been her daughter’s 21st birthday with an ultimate assault course.

The Scarborough charity Ellie’s Fund Brain Tumour Trust hopes to raise £21,000 by teaming up with Sniper Fitness and hosting a gruelling, but fun, W.A.R Games (Weekend Assault Race) 5K assault course.

If the target is reached it will mean the charity will have raised £250,000 since it was set up by Heather Othick, who lost her daughter, Ellie, to a brain tumour when she was just 14 years old.

Heather said: “Ellie’s Fund BTT supports children and young people across Yorkshire and the Humber who have a brain tumour and raises money for brain tumour research, as well as raising brain tumour awareness, so the more people that take part in our W.A.R Games event and raise money, the more people we can help. “I know Ellie would be so happy to see so many people and companies signing up, but just like me, she’d want more – it would be the best birthday present!”

People have already begun signing up for the fundraising obstacle course, including Naomi Campbell.

She said: “My buggy fitness friends and I are really looking forward to tackling the obstacles in the W.A.R Games event – they sound awesome.

“We are all mums and we couldn’t imagine how terrible it must be for people like Heather to lose a child to a brain tumour. If we can raise money 
to help fight this disease and have some fun while we are doing it, all the better.”

The W.A.R Games event will take place on Sunday September 18 at Stepney Hill Farm in Scarborough. The 5K “Ellie” course will take participants through mud, water and over valleys.

Enrolment costs £25 with a minimum of £5 from every registration going directly to 
Ellie’s Fund BTT. This includes a T-shirt and a drink for all taking part on the day. Participants are encouraged to raise money for Ellie’s Fund through sponsorship by friends and family.

People wanting to take-part can go to www.sniperfitness.com to sign up – and justgiving.com and search TwentyOne4Ellie to set up a fundraising page, or to donate.

To find out more about Ellie’s Fund go to www.elliesfund.com