The family and friends of a north-east teenager who tragically lost her battle with cancer before Christmas have raised more than £15,000 for charity in her name.
Peterhead Academy pupil Emma Sim died less than two years after she was diagnosed with a brain tumour, the biggest cancer killer of under-40s in Britain.
Following her death on November 17, her heartbroken parents Graeme and Heather spoke of their disbelief at the lack of funding for research into the disease, and how they wanted to build her a legacy.
Ever since the 17-year-old passed away at home, classmates and teachers from the academy have raised more than £3,300.
A sponsored bike ride led by Emma’s uncle in South East Asia has also raised £8,000, and on Emma’s JustGiving page nearly £5,000 has been pledged.
Now the Sim family has announced that a fund will be created in her name in conjunction with the Brain Tumour Charity.
Her father said: “We’d like to thank the academy and all the pupils for raising the money.
“On the Brain Tumour Charity’s website there is a supporters group section set up by other families who have been through the same thing.
“Ours will be called the Emma Sim Fund and all the money raised will go in together. It will go to support other affected families.
“Once you’ve raised over £10,000 it’s up to you where the rest of the money go – you can focus your money – and we’re going to put it to research.”
Emma’s condition was picked up by an optician who urgently referred her case to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in February 2014.
Despite surgery to remove more than 97% of the tumour and extensive chemotherapy, Emma’s cancer returned last summer.
She was able to enjoy a trip to T in The Park but her condition deteriorated and she died at her family home in Peterhead in November.
The Sim family have been praised by campaigners for their dedication in the face of tragic circumstances.
Sarah Lindsell, chief executive of The Brain Tumour Charity, said the organisation was “immensely grateful” for the money raised to date.
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/emma-sim17