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Brainbow family celebrate Christmas

20 December 2017
Children affected by brain tumours came together to celebrate Christmas in an event organised by Brainbow, a pioneering service at Cambridge University Hospitals made possible by a partnership of charities.

Held at the picturesque Granary Estates, near Newmarket, the children were treated to a host of Christmas activities, including feeding reindeers and visiting Santa’s Grotto.

Each of the 29 children affected by a brain tumour received a personalised present bought by members of staff from PwC’s Cambridge office, who have been generous supporters of Brainbow and helped organise the event, the second of its kind after an Easter Egg Hunt earlier in the year.  

Brainbow’s unique specialist rehabilitation service is made possible by the charities Anna’s Hope, Camille’s Appeal, Tom’s Trust and a new charity partner, the Joshua Tarrant Trust, who were formally welcomed to the Brainbow family at the event by the service’s clinical lead, Dr Amos Burke.

“It was fantastic to see the children and their families having so much fun and that is why we introduced these family events,” Dr Burke said.

“It is therapeutic for the children and families affected by brain tumours to meet each other in a fun environment away from a clinical setting.

“I would like to thank everyone who made this event possible. The wonderful charities that support Brainbow – Anna’s Hope, Camille’s Appeal, Tom’s Trust and now Joshua Tarrant Trust – who all bring an overwhelming empathy to what we do after children have been affected by brain tumours.

“We are very grateful to our friends at PwC for their support of these events and are planning many more for the future.”

Carole Hughes, of Anna’s Hope, said: “I feel really privileged to be here today in my daughter Anna’s memory.

“It was lovely to speak to the families here that have been touched by brain tumours and it’s humbling to see them having fun away from having treatment in a hospital.

“I would like to wish them all a very happy Christmas.”

Brainbow offers specialist rehabilitation throughout a child’s journey starting from their diagnosis with a brain tumour, through to their hospital admission and follow-up outpatient appointments.

The multi-disciplinary team includes a physiotherapist, speech and language therapist, occupational therapist, psychologists, a project coordinator and administrative assistant.