Support from nursery aids Ellie’s Fund

Skylark Day Nursery Manager Yasmin Stefanov-King, front left, presents a cheque for �1156. 90 to Heather Othick watched by nursery staff and children.'1126709
Skylark Day Nursery Manager Yasmin Stefanov-King, front left, presents a cheque for �1156. 90 to Heather Othick watched by nursery staff and children.'1126709

NURSERY children and staff have raised over £1,000 in support of Scarborough charity Ellie’s Fund.

Over the past year, Skylark Day Nursery in Murray Street has organised and taken part in fundraising activities in aid of the charity set up in memory of 14-year-old Ellie Othick-Bowmaker, who died last year after battling two brain tumours.

Ellie had done a summer work placement with the group, and nursery manager Yasmin Stefanov-King said this was a fitting way to support children’s brain cancer research about which Ellie was passionate.

She said: “When I joined Skylark in September I wanted to do something that would bring all the staff together. Having done the Race for Life last year, I wanted that to be the final act.

“Staff had known Ellie when she came on work experience. Ellie made a huge difference in the lives of people she came into contact with, and to mark this we as a setting wanted to support the thing that she was so passionate about.

“We had a Fun Day, Fabulous Photo month, and Fantastic Food courtesy of Pampered Chef. On May 8, 41 women ran the Race for Life in Ellie’s name.

“To be able to hand over a cheque for £1156.90, is an amazing achievement, from an amazing team.”

Ellie’s mum Heather Othick, added: “On behalf of Ellie’s Fund, I’d like to say thank you to all the parents for supporting the children and staff in all the fundraising that they’ve done.”