A year ago, seven-year-old Phoebe Vines made a very poignant Christmas wish – she asked for her mum not to die.
Six months later, she learned wishes don’t always come true and Phoebe is facing her first Christmas without mum Becky, who lost her life to a brain tumour.
Now, brave Phoebe, from Tetford, is the face of this year’s Christmas appeal for Brain Tumour Research.
The pioneering charity is seeking donations to fund research to improve treatments and, ultimately, find a cure for brain tumours.
Phoebe’s mum was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), a highly aggressive brain tumour at the age of just 23.
She defied the odds by giving birth to “miracle baby” Phoebe and outlived her bleak 12-month prognosis, living for nine years.
She passed away in June at the age of 31 at the home she and Phoebe shared with her parents Claire and Steve.
Phoebe has already raised nearly £3,000 for Brain Tumour Research in memory of her mum and is encouraging others to follow her example by making a text donation to fund vital work at a network of Centres of Excellence.
Phoebe’s grandma Claire said: “Becky was an inspiration and she always managed to be so positive throughout everything. Phoebe is a delightful child, so strong and so much like her mum
“Phoebe knows everything there is to know about brain tumours to the extent that, unprompted, she stood up and gave a talk to her class at school.
“She told them there was no cure for brain tumours because there wasn’t enough money to pay scientists to find one.
“We are extraordinarily proud of Phoebe and her fundraising and I know Becky would be too.”
The Christmas campaign appeal, which launched this week, features her handwritten message “Dear mummy, I miss you so much this Christmas. Love you forever, Phoebe”.
It will be seen on London Underground trains across the entire tube network this December.
To support the Christmas appeal text HOPE to 70144 to donate £5 or visit www.braintumourresearch.org