AN Irvine family have helped raise over £50,000 in memory of their beloved daughter.

Suzanne and Scott Nelson are still reeling almost two years since the death of their two-year-old daughter Emily in September 2013.

The Times previously told how Emily tragically collapsed and died while out shopping with mum Suzanne leaving the family devastated.

It was later revealed that despite showing no pain or symptoms, Emily was suffering from stage 4 Hepatoblastoma - a rare cancer of the liver - which had spread to her lungs.

Determined to honour her memory, Suzanne and Scott decided to lead a fundraising team to take part in the Great Scottish Run in Glasgow.

They decided to raise money for Yorkhill Children’s Hospital and CLIC Sargent as those are the charities that would have assisted Emily.

Before the run, the family organised a fun day at Castlepark Community Centre which raised around £4,000.

The fundraising team was named Emily’s Elephants as Emily was inseperable from her favourite Dumbo toy and comfort blanket along with calling herself after a character from TV show Peppa Pig - Emily Elephant.

And the whole community got behind their fundraising and helped Suzanne and Scott raise a whopping £51,031.

This week Suzanne paid a heartfelt thanks to everyone who took part but revealed that she still can’t believe it has been two years since Emily’s death.

Speaking exclusively to the Times this week, Suzanne said: “The total amount was absolutely amazing, we never expected to get so much.

“We want to thank everybody that has helped us raise so much money it’s unbelievable.

“We started off thinking that we could maybe raise about £5,000 or £10,000 if we got about five of our friends to compete in the Great Scottish Run.

“But there we were on the day and we had a team of 80 for Emily’s Elephants and the money just kept going up and up.

“We had a lot of other events too like a fun day for kids and a psychic night.

“Dreghorn and St Luke’s Primary nominated us as a charity to fundraise for, as did Kilwinning Girls Football Team. Aldi gave us money for the fun day, Seamill Hydro paid for all the t-shirts to be printed.

“There was even people skydiving and doing a lot of other things and some of them I didn’t even know!” Suzanne added: “Clearly the town and the whole community were so touched by Emily’s death.

“People are still remembering what happened two years down the line so her memory lives on.

“It’s amazing how quickly time passes, we still can’t believe it’s happened when we see her wee face everywhere.”