The parents of two-year-old brain tumour victim Poppy Guilder finally have some good news.
Recent tests at Birmingham Children's Hospital revealed that Poppy's tumour has shrunk for the first time.
Poppy has had two major operations in the past nine months and has amazed doctors with her powers of recovery which saw her eating toast just hours after her second operation.
Her parents were delighted with the news. They said: " We are so relieved, we know Poppy has a long way to go, but this is a huge step in the right direction." Because of the location of the tumour, surgeons could only remove 60 per cent of it and she is continuing to have chemotherapy.
Poppy's mother Lisa, a school teacher in Atherstone, Warwickshire, and her husband Brian, a manager at Asda in Nuneaton, said their other worries went out of the window when Poppy was diagnosed with a brain tumour last April.
To take their minds off it they set themselves a target of raising £18,000 for a new high dependency bed but received such a strong response to Poppy's plight they ended up collecting £33,273 - enough for the ward to afford up to three beds - as part of their Poppy Fields Campaign.
The money was raised through sponsored bike rides, raffles, jumble sales, Poppy Day and the TV show, Everything Must Go. n If you would like to make a donation to the appeal, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.