A loving daughter has handed over a cheque for more than £40,000 to Mary Butterwick, OBE, founder and life president of Butterwick Hospice Care, which cared for her mum until she died.
Alison Eddy, was only 45 when she lost her 11 1/2 year battle with cancer. Ellis Eddy (13) and her dad, Phil, presented Mary with a cheque for £42,387.87 on Friday, 6th August 2010 with other members of the Alison Eddy Fighting Spirit team including Phil's elder daughter, Robyn, Alison's Brother Andrew Blain, friend Andy Kelly and his girlfriend Becci Dunn, who all took part in an epic 900 mile bike ride from John o Groats to Lands End to raise funds for the Hospice.
The ride was completed on 3rd May this year, 2 years since the day Alison lost her fight for life.
Phil said: "I always promised Alison we would do something. She spent a lot of time here. The Butterwick Hospice really looked after her and she wanted us to thenk them for all that they did."
Ellis needed a specialist bike for the journey because she is so young. Phil said: "Me and Andrew decided to do it, but we thought it was too hard for Ellis."
"But Ellis is Alison's daughter, and she was determined to do it as well."
Phil's eldest daughter, Robyn, supported the group whilst they were on their ride by keeping an online blog.
Funds were also raised from a charity night organised by the family and the pupils from Ellis's school, Grangefield School in Stockton, also cycled the same distance in a one day relay to raise funds.
Mary Butterwick said: "We couldn't have the hospice if people didn't do things like this for us. If we get a penny or a pound we're really grateful for it."
Phil's next mammoth challenge for Butterwick is to swim the Channel!