Walkers' miles give Ellie a smile! - COMMENT ON THIS STORY

KIND-HEARTED walkers raised hundreds of pounds to help a Scarborough teenager who is fighting cancer.

Around 60 people of all ages set out from the Ivanhoe pub in Burniston Road to support 14-year-old Ellie Othick-Bowmaker, of Newby.

The six-mile walk was organised by members of the Yorkshire Coast Long Distance Walking Association and so far has raised 640.

Chairman David Thompson said: "It was a fantastic day and we're really pleased with the amount raised, plus there is still more coming in.

"Everyone enjoyed it and the weather couldn't have been better."

Ellie and her mum Heather came along to the event and walked part of the route. Participants went down to Scalby Mills, up to the coastal path which forms part of the Cleveland Way, to Rocks Lane in Burniston, on to the old railway line and back to the Ivanhoe.

Ellie has been fighting cancer since 2007 and has undergone many hours of treatment including chemotherapy.

Earlier this year the Scalby School pupil launched her own series of events, including a sponsored bike ride, head shave and cake sale, which raised nearly 10,000 for children's charities.

The teenager recently received the national Kingswood Young Champion's Award for her efforts after being nominated by friends.

Her mum said: "We want to give a big thank you to everyone who took part. We really do appreciate everyone's support."

* If you would like to make a donation towards Ellie's fund a special fundraising account has been set up at Lloyds bank in Scarborough. The account is in the names of Claire Dodd-Storey and Heather Othick: sort code 309743; account number 13592568.