Walk this way for Ellie’s Fund

Heather Othick's(left) little girl Phoebe, 6, 2nd left, and her friend Ruby Darrell, 6 (centre) starting their sponsored walk from the Open Air Theatre to the Spa for Ellie's Fund, with friends and supporters. Picture by Andrew Higgins   122070a      20/05/12
Heather Othick's(left) little girl Phoebe, 6, 2nd left, and her friend Ruby Darrell, 6 (centre) starting their sponsored walk from the Open Air Theatre to the Spa for Ellie's Fund, with friends and supporters. Picture by Andrew Higgins 122070a 20/05/12

Young charges stepped up to the challenge to raise money for a poignant Scarborough charity.

Six-year-old Phoebe Othick took on her first fundraising challenge in support of Ellie’s Fund which was set up in memory of her sister Ellie, who passed away aged 14, after battling two brain tumours.

Mum Heather said that Phoebe had expressed a wish “to help other children who have lumps in their head” and so they planned a sponsored walk starting at the Open Air Theatre, going all the way to the Spa and finishing back at the Lifeboat House in Foreshore Road.

Phoebe was joined by Ruby Darrell, 6, and Phoebe Langley, 2 (centre) as well as other friends, family and supporters.

Heather, who set up and runs Ellie’s Fund, said: “It went really well and at the last minute they were joined by two year-old Phoebe Langley who also got sponsorship and walked a good distance of the route.

“Seven children took part, they all really enjoyed it and had fun.

“Although we’re still collecting sponsorship, the amount raised is around £500.

“The money will go to wherever Phoebe wants, to support a child with brain tumour.

“It was her first attempt at an event, but she certainly wants to do more.”