FAMILIES with poorly youngsters have a little more to smile about – after a special race night raised more than £4,000 for children affected by cancer and brain tumours.
Ella’s Big Smile Stakes, at Owlerton Greyhound Stadium in Sheffield was organised by Nigel Elday along with Jo Wilson and Rob Frith who founded Ella’s Fund after their daughter, Ella Frith, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour in 2007.
The event raised £4,128, which will be used to support specific children and families from Sheffield’s Children’s Hospital.
Ella’s mum said: “We would like to thank everyone who took part and came along to support us on the night.”
Ella has been cared for at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, undergoing three operations on her brain as well as intensive radiotherapy and several courses of chemotherapy.
Doctors have been unable to remove the tumour entirely, but Ella’s condition is stable.
Her family have worked tirelessly to raise money to help other families.
So far Ella’s Fund has donated £55,000 to charitable foundations based at Sheffield Children’s Hospital such as Neurocare, Amy’s Retreat, Josie’s Dragonfly and the Parents Association of Children with Tumours.
A further £2,600 has been donated to individual children who have been affected by cancer.