A CHARITY set up in memory of Scarborough teenager Ellie Othick-Bowmaker has been officially launched.
More than 100 people gathered at Scarborough Rugby Club’s Silver Royd for the formal launch event of Ellie’s Fund.
Ellie died on Valentine’s Day last year aged just 14 after battling two brain tumours.
Despite undergoing intense treatment the Scalby School pupil and her friends raised £25,000 for charity.
Following her death her mum Heather set up Ellie’s Fund to allow fundraising to continue in Ellie’s name.
Mrs Othick said: “The launch was a great night, and it was lovely to see so much support.
“The trustees are all volunteers and we have been working very hard over the last year to get the charity off the ground.
“We have done it now, and it is a great feeling knowing we are now ready to go out there and help families who have children battling a brain tumour.”
The aim of Ellie’s Fund is not only to donate money to help with research into brain tumours, via the Leeds Research Lab, but also to provide facilities to support and offer respite to young people who are fighting cancer and their families.
Ellie’s Fund will support children and young people up to the age of 25 who live at home with parents and siblings.
The Ellie’s Fund ‘Big Plan’ is to raise enough money to buy Ellie’s Place; somewhere that paediatric cancer patients from across the UK can visit for short breaks with their families.
Trustees say they will ensure a large proportion of the money raised will go directly to paediatric cancer sufferers across Yorkshire and the Humber.
Following the charity’s official launch on Friday a fundraising event was held on Saturday to mark the first anniversary of Ellie’s death.
Friends, families and supporters gathered on South Bay Beach to release 127 balloons, which had all been sponsored in aid of Ellie’s Fund. Tributes attached to the balloons can be read on the charity’s website www.elliesfund.com