From left, Evie Whomes, John and Linda Green, Joe Creswick, Liam Walker. Picture: Stewart Davidson.

A couple who launched a charity in their daughter’s memory have raised £3,000 in just nine months.

John and Linda Green, of Stoke Ferry, founded Debbie’s Special 4 last December to raise funds for causes which helped support their daughter, who died aged five years ago aged 12.

Debbie suffered from Batten Disease, a extremely rare and fatal degenerative disorder that begins in childhood.

Mr Green, 57, said the charity had divided the funds so each of the ‘special four’ causes received £750.

“We have raised the money in eight months and presented a cheque last week to Churchill  Park School (in King’s Lynn) where Debbie went to school.

“For the years ahead, we want to be able to present a cheque to each of the charity’s causes on August 23 – what would have been Debbie’s birthday.”

The other three are Rudham Ward at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Quidenham Children’s Hospice and the Batten Disease Support and Research Association.

The charity has raised the money by organising a series of events this year.

Fundraisers included bingo evenings, a football match and a special night to commemorate what would have been Debbie’s 18th birthday in August.

“I think Debbie would be proud of what we have raised,” Mr Green added.

“The last few months of her life she started to struggle, but she was very courageous.”