A charity set up to support children with deadly brain disease has received an anonymous £300,000 donation.
Funding Neuro, a Glasgow-based charity set up to support the work of neurosurgeon Professor Steven Gill, set up a crowdfunding page to raise £900,000 to treat 18 children with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) brain tumours.
But chief executive Sharon Kane said she was ‘blown away’ when an anonymous person donated £300,000.
‘We were absolutely blown away when we received the donation,’ she said.
‘It’s very unusual for anyone to make such a substantial one-off contribution.
‘It’s certainly by far the biggest single amount Funding Neuro has ever received. There was only one caveat to the donation, that it remain anonymous.’
DIPG brain tumours are extremely resistant to chemotherapy. Professor Gill’s work involves ‘robotic treatment’, where drugs are injected directly into the brain.
One of Dr Gill’s current patients, 12-year-old Esten Pedersen Indset from Norway, has returned to school after five rounds of treatment.
His father said: ‘We do realize how fortunate Esten is to be accepted for the treatment in Bristol. The journey has been hard, but also filled with renewed hope.’
Funding Neuro has now raised £600,000 or its £900,000 target.