A FAMILY who are building a respite home in memory of their daughter who died of cancer have received a donation from a group of animals.

Eilidh Brown lost her battle with germ cell cancer in March 2010, just days before her 16th birthday.

Her family set up a memorial fund to fulfil Eilidh's wish of helping others in a similar situation and have so far raised more than £260,000 to build a respite centre in Stirling. Planning permission has been granted for the home near Thornhill, Stirling, and construction work is expected to start at the end of the summer. It will be used by families, free of charge, to take a break while their son or daughter is being treated for a serious illness. Eilidh's father Gordon wants to provide day trips for families while they are using the home and received an unexpected donation from Blair Drummond Safari Park.

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Families staying at the home will be able to visit the safari park whenever they want. Mr Brown, an actor, believes it is the ideal trip to help young people take their minds off exhausting treatment.