May 10, 2016

A chance encounter & a meeting of minds

marie hughes

Vicki, Oscar, Rufus & Digby with Marie Hughes at Copenhagen airport

A couple of weeks ago, we travelled to Denmark for the weekend for a special family occasion.

On our return journey home, whilst at a restaurant in Copenhagen Airport, we were approached by a lovely lady who recognised us, having followed Margot’s story.

Marie Hughes (pictured with Vicki and the boys) also had a son named Oscar, who sadly died of a brain tumour in 2014, the same year that Margot passed away.

Neither Vicki or I had ever had contact with Marie previously, nor were we even aware of her son Oscar’s condition and fate. And yet, this chance encounter with Marie, her husband Ian and their youngest child, Milo was immediately touching, uplifting and inspiring all at the same time.

More than that I can’t really explain; other than to say that meeting another family who have suffered the loss of a child and been spurred on to take such positive action, felt like a meeting of minds.

Marie’s recent post on Facebook (see below) seems to echo our own feelings.

Please click here to find out more about the amazing work Marie and her family are doing, in Oscar’s name.

Team Margot
Together, saving lives


About OSCAR’s Paediatric Brain Tumour Charity

OSCAR’s (Ongoing, Support, Care And Research into) Paediatric Brain Tumour Charity was formed in November 2014 by the parents and friends of Oscar Hughes, a 9 year old boy who died of a Medulloblastoma (a brain tumour) in May 2014.

Oscar was a sporty and energetic 8 year old when he was first diagnosed. His motto was “A day without training is a day without meaning”. As he went through treatment he put all his energy into staying strong for his siblings and friends, as well as fundraising for other children with cancer. In particularly he raised over £6K through a marathon relay in which he himself took part at a time when even walking was a challenge.

The journey Oscar went on for a year to try and be free of cancer was both heartbreaking and inspiring to see. The treatments involved to fight brain tumours have devastating effects on a young body and mind. This is unacceptable and the only way to change this is by researching these cancers and find better treatments.

The charity aims to fund critical research into paediatric brain tumours with the hope to find a cure and less devastating treatments and works closely with other charities.


Oscars Paediatric Brain Tumour Charity

Husband to Vicki and father to Oscar (2007), Rufus (2008), Digby (2015), Humphrey (2017) & Margot (2012-2014)

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