Last £200,000 for brain tumour trial

Daisy Brooks, 7, who died following a seven month battle with a brain tumour. Pictured on Holiday in Florida in February 2014. ANL-141119-140458001
Daisy Brooks, 7, who died following a seven month battle with a brain tumour. Pictured on Holiday in Florida in February 2014. ANL-141119-140458001

A family whose daughter died from a brain tumour are hoping to help raise the final £200,000 needed for a clinical trial of potentially life-saving treatment.

Daisy Brooks, 7, died in November 2014 after being diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) six months before.

Daisy was the first girl to have experimental surgery, doctors installing a series of catheters to deliver chemotherapy direct to the tumour.

Since her death her parents Louis, 40, and Anna Brooks, 44, have been raising funds for a clinical trial led by a research team in Bristol.

The fundraising total currently stands at £335,000, with the research team still requiring the final £200,000 of its £900,000 target.

“We are just so grateful to all the people who continue to donate and raise money,” said Mrs Brooks. “The treatment that we are raising money for gives families who are starting their journey with DIPG a little glimmer of hope.

“DIPG is currently a death sentence, you are told your child will die and there is nothing you can do about it.

“Having the treatment gave us hope and allowed us to enjoy the time we had left with Daisy, because one day a child will be saved and as a parent you just hope that it will be your child.”

The latest fundraiser is the Dedham Vale Vines Run on June 5, at Dedham Vale Vineyard in Colchester. The run sees participants enjoy a series of wine tastings along the route.

To register visit the Dedham Vale Vineyard’s Facebook page.

To donate visit www.justgiving.com/Louis-Brooks2/.