Over the past few years, Charlie has had a rough ride. Despite enduring more than what most of us will ever experience in a lifetime, Charlie rarely complains about anything. He is a warrior who possesses so much courage and bravery. Here is why. Charlie’s heart-breaking story: In 2015, at just aged 8, Charlie was diagnosed with a brain tumor called a medulloblastoma. He endured emergency surgery to remove the tumour and then many rounds of radiation followed by four stem cell transplants. He was recovering well, until the devastating news in March 2018 that the tumour had returned in two places on his spine. Two further rounds of chemo didn’t halt the growth and the tumours unfortunately doubled in size during this period. In early 2019, he underwent Cyberknife treatment in Turkey at a huge cost which the NHS would not fund. Most of the money was raised through crowdfunding and one generous private donor. So here we are now, Summer 2019. Since Charlie’s return to the UK in April, he’s doing well and is feeling good. He returned to school part-time and has even enjoyed a few chilled afternoons in his inflatable swimming pool in the back garden. Although his follow-up scans remain clear, which is the best news, in July he started immunotherapy treatment in Germany, to offer hope of a long-term cure. However, as much as he looks forward to a brighter future, there are scars that can’t be erased. Due to the location of the brain tumour, his pituitary gland was damaged, meaning he won’t grow any more. The hair on top of his head will never grow back. He can’t run or play football with his mates as his balance has been affected. The chemotherapy has also left him with irreversible side effects, including permanent blindness in one eye and significant hearing loss. He has also suffered irreparable nerve damage, so that one half of his face permanently droops. Yet regardless, he still smiles, he also had 2 eye surgery 1 facial animation surgery and has another face surgery and eye to go end of year. As his confidence and self-esteem have taken a blow due to the damage inflicted on his body by the disease and the treatment, this award would give him such an incredible boost.