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Brainbow family celebrate Easter

18 April 2017
Children affected by brain tumours enjoyed an egg-tra special treat to kick off the bank holiday weekend in an event organised by Brainbow, a unique partnership between Cambridge University Hospitals and the independent charities Anna's Hope and Tom's Trust.

The Easter bunny poses for a picture with a family at the Brainbow Easter Egg HuntThe children and their families have all been helped by Brainbow’s pioneering rehabilitation service which starts from diagnosis of a brain tumour through to hospital admission and follow-up outpatient appointments.

Held on Thursday 13 April in the gardens at Anstey Hall, Trumpington, the children took part in an Alice in Wonderland-themed Easter Egg hunt, balloon modelling and made Easter bonnets. 

Dr Amos Burke, consultant paediatric oncologist and clinical lead for Brainbow, said: “Today is another landmark in the development of the Brainbow service. With the amazing support of the charities, we launched this service three and a half years ago to provide rehabilitation to children with brain tumours to allow them to reach their potential.

“The children and families that gathered today represent the result of this pioneering approach to rehabilitation and they are the first generation of the Brainbow family.”

Rob and Carole Hughes, of Anna’s Hope, and Deborah Whiteley, founder of Tom’s Trust, were delighted to meet some of the families that Brainbow has helped. Since its inception, the total is now over 200 and many more families will be helped by this service in the East of England which other areas are now looking replicate.   

Owen Joyce (right), who has been supported by the Brainbow servicve, is interviewed by ITV Anglia reporter Claire McGlasson with his brother Harrison at the Easter Egg Hunt Rob Hughes, who is also Chairman of North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, commented: “We are really proud to be part of this wonderful event. We started this journey 10 years ago and to see it helping so many people and making a real difference to their lives is really special to us and our supporters. We want to thank all the staff who support Brainbow.”

Deborah Whiteley said: “We are honoured to be part of Brainbow by providing the clinical psychology support of the service. It was wonderful to see and meet all the families that have been supported by Brainbow which we are incredibly proud to be a part of. 

The event was such a success that similar are organised throughout the year.