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Carole and Rob Hughes from Stamford who lost daughter Anna to a brain tumour have been thanked by Brain Tumour Research for their work helping other families

A bereaved couple who lost their daughter to a brain tumour at the age of three have been applauded for their commitment to help other families.

Carole Hughes of Pilsgate was among guests invited to a reception at Westminster to mark the 10th anniversary of the charity Brain Tumour Research and to celebrate a decade of collaboration and achievement.

Carole and husband Rob’s daughter Anna passed away 15 months after diagnosis in May 2006, aged just three, despite surgery and intensive chemotherapy at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

Carole Hughes, right, with Sue Farrington Smith
Carole Hughes, right, with Sue Farrington Smith

Despite their grief, Anna’s family was determined to help others and set up Anna’s Hope, a founding Member Charity of Brain Tumour Research.

Along with campaigning at Westminster, Anna’s Hope assists in the rehabilitation of children and young people who have undergone brain surgery, as well as supports the funding of research into the causes, treatment and cure of childhood brain tumours.

Carole said: “We were delighted to be invited to this event to celebrate 10 years since the launch of Brain Tumour Research.

“It was a lovely occasion and great to meet up with so many people from the brain tumour community who have played a role in transforming research into brain tumours over the last decade or more.”

Sue Farrington Smith, chief executive of Brain Tumour Research, said: “We want to thank Carol and Rob, although he was unable to come today, each and every one of you, and also all of those we are yet to meet.

“We are inspired by you.”

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