Meet our Pride of Britain Regional Fundraiser 2020 finalists - Eilish Flanagan

It's been just over a year since Eilish Flanagan's little girl Aoife died - but her mum is already making sure her short life will have a lasting legacy.

As a family we're still in a state of shock. But I'm determined that Aoife's story would be positive and nothing about her life would be negative. I was determined that it wouldn't be.

Eilish Flanagan, Aoife's mum

Aoife was three years old when she was diagnosed with germ cell cancer. She died just five days later in July 2019.

But rather than let herself become overcome with grief, Eilish decided to channel it into starting the charity Aoife's Bubbles - named after her red-haired little girl, and her beloved pony.

Aoife and her beloved pony Bubbles. Credit: Eilish Flanagan

A year later, the mum, from Rayleigh in Essex, has already raised £40,000.

The money is used to support other families affected by cancer.

Danielle McCrossen's son Jake has recently finished seven months of treatment for non-Hodgkins Lymphona.

Eilish has been really supportive. When you get thrust in this world it can be really daunting and it's great to have someone who knows what you're going through.

Danielle McCrossen, Jake's mum

Eilish has also set up a link with the Institute of Cancer Research so that a proportion of the cash can fund vital research into the genetics of solid tumours.

What Aoife's mum has achieved so far has already been enough to earn her a nomination for the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Regional Fundraiser of the Year award for Anglia East.

But she's determined to achieve far more for her beautiful little girl.

A fundraiser in aid of Aoife's Bubbles. Credit: Eilish Flanagan