Video: Ellie Mai Fund to seek 'miracle' in memory of brave Cottingham girl
THE parents of a little girl who died from a rare brain tumour have created a fund in her memory to help other poorly children.
Ellie Mowforth died at the family's home in Cottingham on January 20, almost a year after being diagnosed with an incurable tumour on her sixth birthday.
Now, her parents John and Lisa have set up the Ellie Mai Fund, which will raise money to help find a cure for the tumour known as a diffuse pontine glioma.
Mr Mowforth, 53, said: "We never gave up searching for a cure for Ellie – we were even contacting Australia.
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"At the time, we told ourselves if we couldn't find that miracle we would help other families."
The couple, along with their family and friends, are planning a series of events, with proceeds going to the fund.
Mr Mowforth, who quit his job as a labourer when Ellie was diagnosed as being terminally ill, said: "This has been an incredibly difficult time for us but we have drawn strength from being able to work with some wonderful people to start planning fundraising events in memory of our wonderful daughter.
"We decided very early that we wanted to help people who were going through the sort of experiences we have endured, and this first fundraising event is a big step for us.
"We are so grateful to everyone who is working to make it happen and we hope people will support it and help us to organise more events in the future."
On Saturday, March 2, an evening of live music will be held at The Back Room in Hallgate, Cottingham.
It will feature live performances by The Back Room Band and The Crash Blossoms.
Paul Sutton, who owns the pub with wife Gill, is a member of the band named after the venue.
He said: "We are in the process of confirming a third act and we are planning a laid-back acoustic evening.
"It's a small, intimate venue so we're limiting numbers to 60 and we hope to sell all the tickets quickly. I'm sure we will host more events for the Ellie Mai Fund and hopefully other venues will also get involved and help John and Lisa make a big impact."
Mr Mowforth, who spent yesterday putting up posters in Cottingham advertising the event, admitted he and his wife are struggling to cope with their loss.
He said: "We feel empty inside and it gets worse as the days goes by."
To book tickets for the supper show, which cost £15 each or £25 per couple, call The Back Room on 01482 847007.
Businesses and individuals willing to donate a raffle prize should call the same number.