Elly, who has a rare form of bone cancer, was given tickets for a dream trip to Florida to swim with dolphins.
After completing 40 marathons in 40 days, Richard Whitehead is already planning his next challenge.
Richard Whitehead completes his 40th marathon in 40 days today.
Nottingham Paralympic champion Richard Whitehead has told ITV News Central training for ITV's Splash! programme has been gruelling.
This weekend, all of the hard work comes to a climax as he faces Boyzone's Keith Duffy, dance group Diversity's Perri Kieley and The Only Way Is Essex star Dan Osborne in the grand final.
Nottingham paralympic champion Richard Whitehead has urged school pupils and teachers from the East Midlands to support his dive on tomorrow's episode of Splash!
If you go to a school in the East Midlands (or are a teacher) give me a shout for my #splash dive and you may get a surprise visit!
The medallist has offered those who support him the chance to win a visit to their school.
Paralympic marathon runner Richard Whitehead MBE is competing tonight in ITV's diving show Splash!
Nottingham born Whitehead, 37, won Gold in the London 2012 Paralympic 200m.
The show, hosted by Tom Daley, will also feature Leicester Tigers legend Austin Healey and comedian Jenny Éclair.
Whitehead MBE said:
"I feel Splash! gives me the platform to promote disability awareness to a wider audience. It is a great honour to be the first Paralympian and Gold medalist to be a contestant"
"I'm in the show to push myself - I may not be a diver but I'm naturally very competitive, and I cat wait for the live shows"
Nottinghamshire marathon star Richard Whitehead has wished his Twitter followers a Merry Christmas.
It marks the end a busy year for the Paralympian, who in September, completed 40 marathons in 40 days.
Paralympic athlete Richard Whitehead MBE will receive an honorary degree from Nottingham Trent University later today.
Richard is the current world record holder for leg amputees in both the half and Olympic marathon distances. He is also the first ever leg amputee to complete the marathon event in under three hours.
This summer the Nottingham-born former Colonel Frank Seely School pupil ran 40 marathons in 40 days - from Land's End to John O'Groats - and raised more than £300,000 for charities Sarcoma UK and Scope.
The double amputee is to receive the Doctor of the University award and will be presented with his degree alongside Nottingham Trent University students at the Royal Concert Hall this afternoon.
The paralympic gold medallist Richard Whitehead has been nominated for the Athlete of the Year award. He is up against people like Mo Farah.
He won gold in the T42 200m at the London Olympics last year and, more recently, ran 40 marathons in 40 days for charity.
Richard Whitehead celebrated with his support team yesterday evening after completing his 40th marathon in 40 days.
The Paralympian hopes to raise £1million for Scope and Sarcoma UK.
He said it would be the biggest achievement of his life and today Richard Whitehead cried tears of joy as he completed his epic run of the length of Britain.
The marathon man from Burton Joyce in Nottinghamshire finally reached Land's End after running 40 marathons in 40 days for charity. Our correspondent Peter Bearne was there to meet him.