A FAMILY fun run and 5K race to remember a Dunfermline tot who died of cancer raised more than £2,100.

The event in Duloch last Wednesday evening was organised by parents Danny and Shonagh Byrne in memory of their daughter, Evie.

She sadly passed away in May 2013, aged just two, and the run was held on what would have been her fifth birthday.

Danny, 33, said: "We'll always celebrate her birthday, as we should.

"We don't want people to ever forget Evie and that's why we do what we do, so that some good will continue to come from her memory."

Evie's 5th Birthday 5K attracted around 300 people and he added: "It was great to have so many people there.

"It was standing room only in the church and the cake counter alone made just under £400!"

Mum and dad both took part along with their son, Alfie, six, a keen runner himself.

Danny continued: "The Provost, Jim Leishman, was there and gave a wee talk at the start which was really good of him.

"Cara Hilton (Dunfermline MSP) came along too.

"Her kids go to the same school as Alfie and she's been on one of the twilight walks in Edinburgh before with Shonagh."

A 5K race started and finished at Dunfermline East Church while the family fun run involved three loops of a one-mile track in the park.

Danny said: "I've already had people asking if we're doing a 6K for her sixth birthday next year. It'd be a nice way to keep it going but I'm not sure.

"I could definitely see Evie's run cropping up again as it's so simple and effective and something everyone can take part in.

"We had people walking, jogging, running, kids on scooters and bikes, people walking with their dogs and 10 out of 15 of my Jog Scotland group too!

"We've had a whole range of fund-raisers and you want something that people can enjoy and take part in."

Evie was diagnosed with a rare form of kidney cancer when doctors discovered a stage 4 Wilms' tumour in June 2012.

After a brave fight and gruelling treatment, she died the following May.

Danny said: "We always wonder what Evie could have achieved as she was someone that constantly surprised us, especially with something like recovery times.

"We'd have doctors saying she'd be off her feet for five or six days and I remember going home after she had surgery to see Alfie.

"Two hours later, Shonagh sent me a photo with Evie standing in the playroom with a slice of toast!"

He continued: "We still see a lot of Evie's friends. Shonagh and the other mums all attended a clinic together when the kids were born and they've stayed friends.

"The children were all born within a month or so of each other so they're all celebrating their fifth birthdays around now so it's really good for us to see them and be around them.

"They would have been a massive part of Evie's life at playgroup and school and we would never shy away from that."

The couple are running in the London Marathon next month and putting their fundraising for Its Good 2 Give into one pot.

The charity helps young people, and their families, with cancer and is building a retreat at Loch Venachar.

Their current total is more than £5,200 and you can find out more at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ShoeyanddannyrunLondon.