The family of Katie Rough have released new photos of the tragic seven-year-old as they near their fundraising target to aid education in Africa.
Eight relatives and family friends will take part in the Great North Run on September 10 to help “honour Katie and leave an amazing legacy in her name”.
They want to raise £6,000 to sponsor two children in Uganda, the native country of the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, who has supported them since Katie’s death in January. Both children attend the Compassion Project in Uganda and are the same age as Katie when she died.
The family wrote in an online message: “The higher the donations go, the longer we can support them for. It costs £25 a month to sponsor a child through Compassion.
“If we can help another child or children overcome poverty and adversity, at least some good will come out of our loss.
“We as a family want to pay tribute to our amazing daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece and cousin.
“Katie was a much loved, treasured member of our family and her loss has left a massive void.”
Earlier this year, Katie’s mother Alison, who is originally from Seacroft, urged her home city to get behind the fundraising campaign.
She said: “Being from Seacroft, it would be amazing if people in and around Leeds could show their support.
“Although Katie is no longer physically with us, she is still changing lives and touching hearts.”
More than £4,400 has already been raised in memory of Katie. Donate via https://challenges.compassionuk.org/profile/450/-teamrough-running-for-katie.
In July, a 16-year-old girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility in relation to Katie’s death. She will be sentenced later this year.