Burns Night success for Ellie

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A SCARBOROUGH landlord has thanked the people who made his charity Burns Night supper such a success.

Jimmy Rice, of the Castle Tavern in Castle Road, laid on free haggis, potatoes, neeps and whisky gravy for his customers.

Although the traditional Scottish meal was free, punters were invited to make a donation to Ellie’s Fund, a charity set up in the memory of inspirational Scarborough teenager Ellie Othick-Bowmaker.

In total, £145 was raised for the cause.

Mr Rice said: “It was a really good night. I want to say thank you to everybody who came along.”

Ellie’s Fund was recently officially launched at Scarborough Rugby Club.

Ellie died on Valentine’s Day last year aged just 14 after battling two brain tumours.

Money raised will go towards research into treating brain tumours.

It is hoped that the charity will also help to provide facilities to support young people who are fighting cancer and their families.

To mark the anniversary of Ellie’s death, friends of family gathered on the South Bay and released 127 balloons, which had all been sponsored in aid of Ellie’s Fund.

For more information on the charity visit its website at www.elliesfund.com.