A CHARITY set up in memory of Scarborough teenager Ellie Othick-Bowmaker will have its official launch on February 4.
Ellie died on Valentine’s Day last year aged just 14 after battling two brain tumours.
The Scalby School pupil and her friends raised £25,000 for charity. Ellie’s Fund was set up by her mum Heather to allow fundraising to continue in Ellie’s name.
Mrs Othick said: “So far we’ve raised in excess of £30,000 which is brilliant. It’s all we could have hoped for and more.”
The official launch event will be held for invited guests and trustees at Scarborough Rugby Club next month.
Mrs Othick said: “It’s an opportunity for businesses who have supported us, or who would like to support us, to find out more.
“It’s also a way of getting the message out and letting people know we’re here to help.”
She added that there could be as many as 20 children a year in this area who could benefit from the charity’s help.
Mrs Othick explained: “We would like to offer financial support to any family who has a child at home up to the age of 25 who is going through cancer treatment.
“We’ve been through it ourselves and we know how difficult it is.”
The charity is holding a fundraising balloon launch in memory of Ellie on Saturday February 5.
People are invited to sponsor a balloon for £5, which will be released in memory of whoever they wish.
To take part please send your name, telephone number, address, email address and the wording of your dedication to Ellie’s Fund, 15 Pinfold Close, Newby, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO12 6UZ before February 3. Please enclose a cheque for £5 per balloon payable to Ellie’s Fund.