We are very proud to announce that we have reached our target!!!!!!!!!!!!

Advances have been made to identify pathways at a molecular level in the hope that new treatments will eventually ‘do away’ with outdated chemo- and radiotherapies. Now is a crucial time for the funding of new research so that current findings can be converted into frontline treatment. The money raised by Blue Skye Thinking will have a very significant impact on this and we can get that one step closer to unlocking the science behind this devastating disease and one step closer to a cure.

We have informed the Northern Institute for Cancer Research, who work specifically on childhood brain tumours, that the funding is now available and will be working closely with them in the coming weeks to advertise the position. The Research post will start on 1st September. We want supporters to have a personal connection with the researcher so will be following them closely and reporting snippets of their progress on our family blog. Less than one per cent of national cancer research funding goes towards brain tumours, the No. 1 cancer killer in children.

This is just the beginning for us. There is still such a long way to go. In the past four months, three other children that we got to know on the Ward in Oxford have died as a result of brain tumours or as a result of the treatment. It again re-iterates the desperate need for better treatment protocols and the way they are monitored, which bring about better outcomes for the patients and their families. The last year has been such an emotional roller-coaster for our family from Skye’s death last August to now. By reaching this first goal, something positive has emerged from such an awful situation. It is heartening that so many people are now choosing BST as their charity to support and that commercial organisations are also getting on board and raising valuable funds for tangible outcomes and we look forward to working with many more supporters in the future.

We would like to personally thank everyone involved.

Follow this link to watch Wednesday night's BBC Oxford News Broadcast!