Brave Ellie wins national award - COMMENT ON THIS STORY

A TEENAGER who is battling a brain tumour has been given a national award for raising nearly £10,000 for children's charities.

Friends of 13-year-old Ellie Othick-Bowmaker nominated her for the Kingswood Young Champions Award because of her determination and dedication.

Ellie's mother, Heather, said: "We have had lots of fun doing the fundraising. We couldn't be prouder of her, she has achieved so much. And throughout her treatment she has stayed positive, she has never complained."

Ellie, 13, of Pinfold Close, Newby, has been fighting cancer since 2007. She has undergone many hours of treatment, including chemotherapy.

In May Ellie was diagnosed as having another brain tumour, and she has been told the treatment she can now receive is limited.

When the Scalby School pupil was initially diagnosed, kind-hearted people in Scarborough raised 4,000 so Ellie could go on a family holiday to Disneyland Paris. Their generosity inspired Ellie and she decided she wanted to give something back.

She launched into a series of fundraising events including a seven-mile sponsored bicycle ride around Marine Drive and the Spa, a sponsored head shave, and a cake sale. All the money raised has been donated to Make a Dream, children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent, the radiotherapy unit at St James' Hospital in Leeds and the Cleft Lip and Palate Association.

Mrs Othick said: "She has had a brilliant time and she hopes that she can do some more." The proud mum said all the fundraising events were Ellie's idea and baking buns was probably the most challenging, as Ellie and a group of her friends managed to bake over 1,000.

"I was wondering how we were going to do them all! So we started doing crispy cakes. But then at the last minute Cooplands stepped in and let us use their facilities," she said.

Hundreds of children from across the country were nominated for the award. Organisers looked for nominees who have overcome challenges in their life or excelled to a new level. This could be something which has affected a pupil's personal and academic life which they have worked through.

A spokesman for Kingswood, an outdoor pursuits centre, said: "Ellie was nominated by teachers and her entire year group for Young Champions Community Category, because despite her brain tumour and ongoing treatment 'she is such a lovely person' and a 'fantastic friend'. Despite her illness Ellie co-ordinated a project to give something back to the charities that have helped through her illness."

Ellie's prize is an adventure weekend for herself, her form, and some of her friends who helped her fundraise.

The Scarborough Evening News is currently running its annual Child of Achievement Awards.

The special awards highlight the efforts and accomplishments of the town's talented youngsters.

With 12 categories acknowledging and rewarding a variety of achievements, readers are urged not to miss their chance of nominating a deserving young person.

Nominations must reach us by June 30 – an entry form was in Tuesday's Evening News.