THE memory of a four-year-old who died tragically of brain cancer has been kept alive by fun runners on Clacton seafront.

The fourth annual fun run in memory of Maisie Comer raised nearly £900 for London’s Royal Brompton Hospital, with cash still being donated.

Maisie’s mum Julie, who organises the event with husband Matt and family friends Brian and Donna Telford, said it was a record amount raised by the event.

The group came together after Maisie, of Clacton, died suddenly in February 2014.

Julie said: “It’s the highest amount we’ve raised - I’m delighted.

“Brian and Donna are part of Great Bentley Running Club and since the first year, the runners have been really keen to continue so it’s grown.

“Without their support, it probably wouldn’t have happened. Brian has pulled out all the stops.”

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Show of strength - parents Julie and Matt Comer

Runners set off from Clacton promenade, some wearing T-shirts printed with Maisie’s photo.

They were refuelled by the youngster’s favourite biscuits – custard creams – at a memorial bench on Holland-on-Sea beach front.

Julie said: “Maisie became unwell so we went to Colchester Hospital and they found she had a mass on her brain. It was a grade four tumour and non-survival.

“We were rushed in an ambulance to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, outside Cambridge, and stayed there for ten days.

“It’s not easy. Even now, each day is very hard.”

The event has raised thousands of pounds for charity, including Addenbrooke’s Hospital’s children ward, where Maisie spent the last days of her life.

Parents Julie and Matt were accommodated at Acorn House, a home-from-home near the hospital which allowed them to stay close to her.

It is run entirely from donations by the Sick Children’s Trust charity.

Julie said: “That was one of the reasons we started the run.

“Addenbrooke’s were fantastic and worked very hard for Maisie, so we wanted to thank them for everything.

“As a parent, you never think you’ll be in that position, so it’s important people do take part in fundraising events like this.”