A Scarborough charity which started up just three years ago has celebrated passing the £100,000 mark in its fundraising efforts.
Ellie’s Fund Brain Tumour Trust was founded by Heather Othick following the death of her daughter Ellie, who passed away on Valentine’s Day 2010 aged just 14.
Following in the footsteps of Ellie herself, who raised thousands of pounds while battling two brain tumours, Heather and her fellow trustees set about helping others faced with a similar situation.
Their aim was to provide grants for local youngsters who are undergoing treatment for a brain tumour and also provide money to support research work at a laboratory in Leeds.
Three years on and having raised more than £108,000, the charity is going from strength to strength.
An event was held at the Nag’s Head in Scalby to thank many of those who have supported Ellie’s Fund and helped raise awareness of the issue.
Heather said: “We have a lot of regular volunteers whose time, to me, is worth their weight in gold. We have several people who have organised and run events in our name – for which we are so, so grateful.
“You have brought not only funds to us, but also long-term supporters and much-needed brain tumour awareness.”
She explained that an Ellie’s Fund grant is normally £500 and can be used for whatever the child and their family need.
In the last two years, 31 families in our area have received a grant. These have been used for holidays, birthday parties and equipment such as stairlifts.
Heather said: “For some, it means creating happy memories as a family; for others their child’s illness has broken them financially and money to pay bills is what they need.”
The fund has also sent nearly £40,000 to the research lab and has paid for a £6,500 piece of equipment in Ellie’s name.
The charity is now asking people to sign an e-petition for increased funding into brain tumour research nationally, as it is currently 12 years behind that of other cancers.
The petition was started by Bill Tarmey - AKA Jack Duckworth from Coronation Street - after his own son was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
If it reaches 100,000 signatures by June 25, Government policy makers will take the issue to the House of Commons.
Go to http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/35167