Brave Ellie Mae meets Tatty Teddy

12/7/13 A courageous schoolgirl who survived meningitis is to meet her hero Tatty Teddy at an awe-inspiring fundraising event this summer.

 Ellie Mae Mellor, aged seven, endured over seventy operations after contracting meningococcal septicaemia just before her first birthday. Despite losing three of her limbs, she has recently learnt to walk on brand new ‘rocking’ legs.

Ellie Mae was determined to put her legs to good use and on 10th July, she completed a sponsored walk to raise money towards a new church roof in her home town of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

Tatty Teddy met Ellie-Mae and her classmates as they supported their brave friend as she walked around her local stadium. Tatty Teddy started the walk with ‘Ready, Teddy, Go!’ boards and, along with the town’s Mayoress, walked the circuit with Ellie Mae. After completing the walk, Tatty Teddy presented the amazing seven year old, with a range of Blue Nose goodies.

Mum Kelly said: “Ellie Mae loves Tatty Teddy. When she was first ill it was around the time of Valentine’s Day, and we bought her a limited edition Tatty Teddy holding five love-hearts. It snowballed from there, and every time she had an op, we gave her a new Me to You bear. She now has a huge collection in her bedroom! She loves anything to do with Tatty Teddy and is also a big fan of Tatty Puppy.”

Kelly added: “The walk was a massive challenge for Ellie Mae, but having Tatty Teddy there to support her was a real boost. I am just so immensely proud of our daughter. She has been through so much yet she always has a smile on her face and never lets anything get her down. And the fact that she is doing this to help other people, well, we couldn't ask for anything better.”

Ellie Mae has defied her disability to raise over £2200 towards a fundraising campaign at St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Norton le Moors, Stoke. If you would like to donate, please visit www.elliemaemellor.co.uk/