A LITTLE girl’s battle against a brain tumour has inspired slimmers to throw their weight behind a fundraising mission.
Brave Sophie Burchill, aged four, met big-hearted dieters who have chosen to support the charity Sophie’s Wish - set up after she was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour - through a sponsored slim.
They also donned fancy headgear to show their support for the national Wear a Hat day for Brain Tumour Research.
Schoolgirl Sophie underwent six weeks of pioneering proton therapy in Jacksonville, America, after doctors discovered the tumour had returned last year.
Her most recent MRI scan at Sheffield Children’s Hospital was clear.
Mum Abigail Burchill, of Hillsborough, said: “Her latest scan was clear, she had the tumour all removed and this treatment that she’s had was to stop it coming back.
“It’s the best treatment she can get.
“There is no guarantee that it’s never going to come back but so far, so good.”
Sophie has now had three life-saving brain surgeries, the latest of which was last year, and chemotherapy to treat the cancerous ependymoma tumour.
Her battle motivated Abigail’s fellow dieters at a Slimming World group in Hillsborough to vote for Sophie’s Wish to benefit from their Slim for Good six-week slimathon.
All money raised will boost brain tumour research.
The field is funded less than research into other cancers despite it being one of the biggest killers.
Abigail, who also attends the Hillsborough slimming group, said: “The Slimming World event was fabulous. They’ve been really good.
“I think they will have collected quite a bit of money and I’m really pleased we’ve raised awareness.”
Christine Beecroft, slimming group leader, said: “When you’ve got a member of the group whose daughter has been so poorly you want to listen and support them.”