New!! - Ellie

New!! - Ellie's Fund

Ellie was only 11 years old when she was diagnosed with a high grade brain tumour. She battled the odds, became an expert fundraiser and left behind memories that will never be forgotten. Years after her death Ellie still lives on through her legacy – Ellie’s Fund. 

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Ellie's Story by her Mum - Heather.

In March 2007 Ellie, then aged 11, was diagnosed with a grade 4 Glioblastoma, an aggressive brain tumour. The Doctors expected her to survive for between 6 and 12 months. She had already had a 7 1/2 hour operation to remove the tumour, and followed it with 6 weeks of radiotherapy and 26 months of chemotherapy.
Ellie used homeopathy and reflexology throughout her treatment, both of which helped her immensely; as well as setting herself regular targets such as shopping trips and fund raising.

In 2007 – just after her diagnosis – Ellie helped to raise £4000 in one night for her and the family. It was used for a family holiday to Euro Disney and towards trips that she and I took to London – Ellie and I loved seeing musicals together – and she ‘loved’ the shops too!

In 2008 Ellie told me that she’d like to ‘give something back’. Ellie and her friends then raised over £10 000 in just 3 days; which she split between charities close to her heart; charities that had helped us as a family, and Ellie herself through her treatments.

In 2009 Ellie was diagnosed with a second tumour but continued to fight, inspiring a song that she recorded in November 2009.

In just 5 months, ‘Butterfly’s Wings’ raised over £5500 for children’s brain tumour research.
Sadly, Ellie lost her fight on Valentine’s Day 2010 aged 14, 3 years after she first became ill. Her family were with her.

During the three years that she fought her own 2 brain tumours, Eliie raised over £25,000. She inspired many people to join in. Ellie's legacy is that the money is still being raised in her memory and continuing to help others. 

The Charity - Ellie’s Fund – Brain Tumour Trust was set up after Ellie’s death and run by Heather and trustees -  Tina, Shaun and Jason, with the help of a team of dedicated volunteers. Together they have raised over £256,000.

In Spring 2017, it became time for Ellie’s mum Heather to take a well-deserved rest from Ellie’s Fund Brain Tumour Trust, but she didn’t want the great work to end there or for Ellie’s legacy to be lost. BTRS are proud to have been chosen to take over the day-to-day running of the charity as a BTRS Fund – Ellie’s Fund.

This fund will continue to provide financial assistance to families who live in Yorkshire and who have a child going through treatment for a brain tumour. We will continue to raise awareness about brain tumours and support established research projects in Yorkshire. 

BTRS have adopted the recycling initiative started by Ellie’s Fund Brain Tumour Trust (EFBTT)

EFBTT raised a massive £52k through recycling waste wrappers!!

With your help, BTRS can continue to raise even more! All the money raised through recycling will be allocated to Ellie’s Fund and will continue to be spent on brain tumour research projects in Yorkshire.

Your recycling can be dropped off at the BTRS Charity Shop – No 31, Otley Road, Leeds, LS6 3AA. Or, you can send your recycling bundles off to be turned into £££££’s for charity.

Please read on to find out what can be recycled and, if you are unable to drop it off, how you can send it for processing.
Thank you for your support.

Writing Instruments

We can recycle ALL brands and materials of biro, felt tip, marker, highlighter, mechanical pencil AND correction fluid bottles.
For us to be credited 2p per item you’ll need to send 15kg (before packaging) at a time please. When you’ve collected this, around 1500 pens, please email for a free post ‘writing label’, tell us how many you have, and we’ll email the label to you. You then call UPS to arrange a convenient time for them to collect the parcel from you.

Please note: there is no maximum parcel size. If the parcel weighs more than 15kg we will be credited.

Cleaning product bottle tops

GREAT news if you’ve been thinking about collecting the ‘air care’ products for us – they now accept more products.

Here’s what they accept:
1. All brands and sizes of plastic air fresheners, plastic plug in air fresheners and plastic air freshener
cartridges (including plastic car air fresheners).
2. All brands of plastic bottle trigger heads and pumps (used for air care and home cleaning products such as kitchen /
bathroom cleaner sprays) and flexible cleaning wipe packaging (intended for home cleaning).
3. Plastic bottle caps – for air care products, and washing up liquid bottles, including bleach – can now be sent in.
4. Plus, all flexible plastic air care and home care product packaging of any brand (please remove any cardboard, usually the back, first.) ’PLASTIC packaging’ & ‘household cleaning’ are the key words to what is accepted – as soon as you have a carrier bag full just email us for a freepost ‘cleaning’ label and send them off – if you ask your friends to get involved it won’t take you long to fill a bag!

Don’t forget to mention which label you require please!

Food Pouches

Here’s how to send baby food pouches:

~ save a minimum of 5kg of pouches – this will be at least 555. Keep the lids on; they
add to the minimum weight, which we need to reach or they don’t pay us.
~ the maximum weight per parcel is 20kg please
~ the maximum parcel size is 64 x 46 x 46cm.
You can send any brand of baby food pouch; as well as the following Ella’s Kitchen packaging: Stage 1 Baby Porridge, First Tastes, Stage 1 with Baby Rice, Stage 1 Baby Food, Baby Brekkie
Stage 2 Porridge, Puffits, Stage 2 Baby Food, Yum Yummy Cookies, Stage 2 Rice Pudding
Stage 3 Cereal, Stage 3 Toddler Food, Stage 3 Nibbly Fingers, Stage 3 Munchy Biccies
Dairylicious (fromage frais), Smoothie Fruits, Special Diet products **including the caps**, and all snack wrappers.If you keep the caps on the pouches they shouldn’t create a smell when you store them.
Email when you’re ready to post (not before, the criteria is sometimes changed by the sponsors – we’ll give you the most up to date info when you email) and ask for a ‘baby food label’.
We’ll email one to you within 3 working days.

Drop off at the Post Office. Start again.

Biscuit Wrappers
We can accept: ALL brands of PLASTIC, SWEET biscuit wrappers. 
This includes supermarket own brand, and all McVities wrappers including Jaffa Cake inners.
It includes the inners and outers of family packs.
Save and send your small wrappers from your tea tray in your B&B, your complimentary biscuits with your hot drinks in cafes.

Please don’t send KitKat wrappers as they’re made from paper and tinfoil. Or wrappers that have tinfoil inners.
If it’s plastic and from a sweet biscuit (or packet of) pop it in.


You can collect all used stamps and turn them into money for Ellie's Fund! Please bag your stamps up and send them to the following address: 

BTRS/Ellie's Fund      
Fords Farm, 
NR29 4EP. 
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