Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

My Celebrity Challenge; Ellie Nets Pounds 600 from Andrew Lloyd Webber among Star Gifts in Memory of Baby Brooke

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

My Celebrity Challenge; Ellie Nets Pounds 600 from Andrew Lloyd Webber among Star Gifts in Memory of Baby Brooke

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Byline: KRYSTA EAVES

TEENAGER Ellie Dalton has been busying writing to more than 200 celebrities for an auction in memory of her "beautiful" baby cousin.

Brooke Ingles, who was born seven weeks early weighing just 3lbs, was only eight weeks old when she lost her fight against a heart defect.

Cousin Ellie was so moved by cousin. Ellie was so moved by the medical care and support that Brooke received at James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, and Newcastle's Freeman Hospital that she was determined to raise funds for their neonatal units.

The 16-year-old Macmillan Academy student said: "Brooke was very special and beautiful. Both hospitals were unbelievable in how they treated and looked after her. I wanted to give something back and to help other families."

Since the summer, the Thorntree teen has written to more than 200 celebrities, telling them about Brooke and asking if they could donate anything to her cause.

Now Ellie has received a pounds 600 cheque from composer Andrew Lloyd Webber - and amassed a spectacular selection of goodies from more than 50 celebrities. These include a signed Olly Murs album, football boots signed by Stewart Downing and a limited edition Ferrari top signed by Philippe Masse. They will all be up for grabs at an auction during a fundraising evening at the Macmillan Academy on Stockton Road, Middlesbrough.

Ellie, who will take her GCSEs in the summer, has also raised pounds 130 for the cause by organising a zumbathon at her school. …

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