A nationally renowned rehabilitation service for children with brain tumours is to formally recognise a local charity which supports it – and help the memory of a much-loved teenager to live on.
Brainbow, which is based at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, is changing its famous logo to reflect the contributions made by the Haverhill-based Joshua Tarrant Trust.
It was set up in memory of Joshua Tarrant who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in July 2004, aged eight, and died on April 29, 2012, aged 16 years and eight months with his family by his side. During his short life he loved watching motorcycle racing and had a passion for art, spending many hours drawing and painting.
Since 2018 the Joshua Tarrant Trust has funded a specialist teacher, a service delivery manager and an administrative assistant and expects to do so for another two years (2023) after which Brainbow will become NHS funded and move into the new children’s hospital on the site.
To celebrate that support, the Brainbow logo gains a fourth balloon complete with the well-known Joshua Tarrant Trust ‘16’ motif. It stands alongside balloons celebrating its founding charities, Anna’s Hope, represented by a fairy balloon, Camille’s Appeal, a butterfly balloon, and Tom’s Trust, a balloon featuring a gold star.
Every pound raised by the Joshua Tarrant Trust, which has organised everything from golf days to sponsored walks, helps to provide rehabilitation for children with brain tumours and support their families.
Brainbow, which was established in 2013, is a dedicated neuro-oncology rehabilitation service at that helps children with brain tumours who live in the east of England.
To ensure children with brain tumours reach their full potential, its multi-disciplinary team provides education support, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, and clinical psychology.
In a joint statement Joshua’s parents, Sean and Denise Tarrant, said:
We feel very proud that the charity we set up has been recognised in this way, helping the memory of our son to live on. We would also like to thank everyone who contributes to the Joshua Tarrant Trust and helps Brainbow continue with its incredible work.Sean and Denise Tarrant
Rob and Carole Hughes, co-founders of Anna’s Hope and Andrew and Debs Whiteley, co-founders of Tom’s Trust’, added: ‘We are pleased that the Joshua Tarrant Trust has been recognised for its important contribution to the Brainbow service and welcome an additional balloon to the logo.”
Brainbow clinical lead and paediatric oncologist, Dr Amos Burke, said:
It is very appropriate that we should include the Joshua Tarrant Trust branding into our own logo, which is recognised across the UK. It is a fitting acknowledgement for the total of five years funding which they will have contributed by the time Brainbow moves to NHS funding in 2023Dr Amos Burke
The logo and latest changes were designed by divisional communications and project support administrator, Ophelia Weston.
To learn more about the charities visit the Joshua Tarrant Trust website at https://joshuatarranttrust.org.uk/, Anna’s Hope at https://annas-hope.co.uk/, Tom’s Trust at https://www.tomstrust.org.uk/ and Camille’s Appeal, which has now closed, at https://www.camillesappeal.co.uk/. Information about Brainbow is available on the CUH website at https://www.cuh.nhs.uk/our-services/brainbow/