Brainbow

The UK's first rehabilitation service for children with brain tumours.

What is Brainbow?

Launched in 2013, Brainbow is a unique partnership between three independent charities – Anna’s Hope, Camille’s Appeal and Tom’s Trust, working with Addenbrooke’s Hospital – to fund and provide a pioneering rehabilitation service in the East of England for children with brain tumours.

  • Brainbow is part of the Paediatric Oncology and Haematology Department.
  • Brainbow is a multi-disciplinary team which includes Anna's Hope Physiotherapists, Anna's Hope Speech and Language Therapists, Anna's Hope Occupational Therapist and Clinical Psychologists funded by Toms Trust. The team is supported by a Project Co-ordinator funded by Camille's Appeal and a Clinical Lead.

What does Brainbow do?

  • Brainbow’s aim is to help children with brain tumours reach their full potential.
  • Brainbow provides co-ordinated specialist neuro-rehabilitation assessment and treatment for children and young people with brain tumours.
  • Brainbow is able to provide children with brain tumours with specialist rehabilitation support and continuity of care throughout their journey i.e. from their diagnosis, during their hospital admission and beyond (outpatient appointments).

Who does Brainbow see?

  • Children previously and newly diagnosed with a brain tumour.
  • Children under the age of 16 in the East of England.

What are the referral criteria?

  • Brainbow currently accepts professional referrals from across the East of England as long as the child’s primary centre is Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

 

See the Brainbow team at work

This video gives you an insight into the fantastic work the Brainbow team do to help children with brain tumours.

Brave Zofeya tells us what it is like to have a brain tumour

This video tells Zofeya’s Story and how the Anna’s Hope Therapy Team and the Brainbow Service have helped her. She reminds us so much of Anna. We wish Zofeya and her family a very happy future.

Patient's stories

 

For more information about Brainbow, please visit the Addenbrooke's Hospital Brainbow information page.

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About the Anna’s Hope logo

Pictured here, is Anna on her 2nd Birthday at her Fairytale Birthday Party, prior to her diagnosis. She loved everything about fairies and always had her fairy dress and wings on at every opportunity! The Charity Logo was designed from an image doodled by Anna’s sister, Sara, who explains: “the logo is shaped upon our memory of Anna at her happiest, smiling and dancing around with her fairy wand and making magic, Fairy Anna.”

The reasoning behind the charity colours are also inspired by Anna, whom despite her Mummy’s attempt to dress her from head to toe in pink, always preferred blue!

Finally the blue flowers found on Fairy Anna’s dress are forget-me-not flowers, to symbolise that Anna will never be forgotten for the magic she brought to the lives of all those who knew her.

 

The Charity hopes to continue to bring a little hope and magic to other children and young people whose lives are affected by Brain Tumours.

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