Two brothers and their family have fundraised more than £6000 to help Brain Tumour Reserach find a cure.

Charlie Cox, from Cheam, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy decided to walk collectively 219km alongside his five-year-old brother, Freddie Cox.

The little trooper inspired 43 of his family and friends to come together through a virtual walk, to mark the eighth anniversary since his first brain surgery last weekend.

Charlie was only 11 months old when he underwent surgery at St George’s Hospital, following the discovery that he had an oligoastrocytoma brain tumour.

Since then Charlie has undergone a further operation as well as gruelling chemotherapy at the Royal Marsden in Sutton.

Charlie is currently on his second chemotherapy treatment, which started 10 months ago and is due to finish this August.

Charlie's mother, Kirsty Court, said: “Charlie is so brave, I am so proud of him.

" He seems to take everything in his stride and just gets on with his endless hospital appointments for treatment or scans, and admittances because he has spiked a fever.

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“We learnt that the cancellation and postponement of lots of challenge events, including the Virgin Money London Marathon, has meant that the charity Brain Tumour Research is facing a loss of up to 50% of its revenue over just three months.

" And because it doesn’t deliver ‘frontline’ services, it is not eligible for the Government’s recently announced grants for charities.

“I am really grateful to Charlie’s aunt, Laura Cox, who decided that we should go ahead with a virtual 100km to mark the eighth anniversary of Charlie’s first surgery and has been the driving force behind this fundraising challenge.

"I can’t thank everyone enough for their incredible donations and support.”

Brain Tumour Research spokesman Hugh Adams said: “It’s impossible not to be touched by Charlie’s story and, sadly, he is not alone.

“Like many organisations, the coronavirus pandemic has meant a massive financial hit for us, particularly with the cancellation of challenges.

"We are very grateful to Team Charlie Cox and the many others who are helping us through these difficult times.”

Money raised will be divided between Brain Tumour Research, The Royal Marsden Hospital and Magical Taxi Tours which takes poorly children to Disneyland Paris.

Donations reached £6,265 out of the targeted £20,000 at the time of publishing.

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