Family of Ella Trainor describe how fundraising campaign in her memory has 'exceeded all our expectations'
THE family of a six-year-old girl killed in a road crash in Co Down have described how a fundraising campaign in her memory has "exceeded all our expectations".
The heartbroken parents of Ella Trainor had vowed to keep her "memory alive" by giving back to those who have helped them cope with their devastating loss.
The little girl from Hilltown died in a three-vehicle collision near Newry in January.
As they tried to cope with their loss, her parents Martin and Susan and sister Aoife embarked on a fundraising mission by launching a Just Giving page and running the Causeway Coast Marathon in September.
After starting out with a £1,000 target, her family have now raised a staggering £35,800 for Cruse Bereavement Care in Newry.
Her father Martin last night said the charity had helped them through the "painful and at times almost unbearable" few months since the tragedy.
"We wanted to keep Ella's memory alive and thought that by fundraising we could do this," he said.
"When we first set out we put ourselves a £1,000 target, so to raise £35,800 is just absolutely fantastic.
"It has exceeded all our expectations, we were not expecting this much generosity from so many people and are completely overwhelmed.
"We wanted to give back to Cruse after all the help they have given us over the last few months, the money will go such a long way with Cruse and help so many families."