Fantastic £50k raised in memory of inspirational Emily-Jane

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A FIT family has raised over £50,000 for a charity in memory of their brave daughter.

Rosemary and Graham Gold completed the 5x50 challenge to run, walk, jog or cycle 5k each day for 50 days.

The couple’s efforts have raised over £2,000, bringing the amount raised by the family and friends to an amazing £50,480.

Rosemary and Graham’s daughter Emily-Jane died from bone cancer in January 2008, she was just 16. The courageous Lenzie Academy pupil fought a two-year battle with osteosarcoma after a lump appeared on her knee.

The family, from Kirkintilloch, and friends mounted a fundraising campaign for the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT).

They have taken part in a range of activities, including an abseil from the Forth Bridge, a zip slide across the River Clyde and a fire walk.

And Rosemary’s brother set off last week on a sponsored cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Rosemary, a teacher at Auchinloch Primary, said: “We completed the challenge mainly walking 5k a day going to lots of different places, including Victoria Park in Glasgow.

“And to finish it off we went up Goatfell mountain in Arran.”

She added: “I’m exhausted. It was a mixture of delight but also relief when we finished, because we set ourselves a target.”

Rosemary and Graham finished the challenge just before September 10, which would have been Emily-Jane’s 21st birthday.

Money raised by the family helped to create a TCT facility at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill in Glasgow.

Cash from the recent fundraiser will go to units to be built at the new children’s hospitals in Glasgow and Edinburgh, as well as funding staff and maintenance for the units already in use.

You can still donate to the appeal by visiting visit www.justgiving.com/rosemarygold

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