Team Ellie come together to raise funds for Irthlingborough girl fighting rare childhood cancer

Ellie Walters with members of Team Ellie and Higham Ferrers Junior School's head girl (Lily Carlaw) and head boy (Harvey Johnson).

Ellie Walters with members of Team Ellie and Higham Ferrers Junior School's head girl (Lily Carlaw) and head boy (Harvey Johnson).

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Friends and family of an Irthlingborough girl who is fighting a rare form of childhood cancer are to raise funds for private MRI scans and help send her on holiday.

14-year-old Ellie Walters, who attends Huxlow Science College, is currently having chemotherapy after being diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma.

And now a group of mums who go by the name of Team Ellie are joining up with Higham Ferrers Junior School to help her plight.

The school is holding a ‘Wear it Pink’ day tomorrow (Friday) to raise funds for Ellie and raise awareness for breast cancer, while there will also be a fun day at Irthlingborough Working Mens Club on November 15.

Team Ellie member Laura Walker says any funds raised would go a long way to helping Ellie.

She said: “The cancer is very aggressive and Ellie is not liking the chemotherapy one bit.

“She’s finding it really tough and it’s been really difficult for her.

“Unfortunately the NHS scanner doesn’t pick up tumours until they are 10cm in size so we’d love for her to be able to have private scans.

“They’re very expensive and we’d also like them to be able to go away to Portugal for a while so we’d really like to raise around £6,000.

“When we hold the event in November there will be lots going on with a charity football match, petting zoo and face painting.

“We’re just doing all we can to help Ellie because she deserves it.”