Bravery award for Garstang brain tumour tot

Pippa Cole, three, who has cancer and a brain tumour, with her bravery award given to her by Garstang Youth Council.
Pippa Cole, three, who has cancer and a brain tumour, with her bravery award given to her by Garstang Youth Council.

A three-year-old with terminal cancer and a brain tumour has been presented with a bravery award.

Pippa Cole, from Garstang, has a brain tumour called an ependymoma Grade 3 but was all smiles when receiving the certificate from Garstang Youth Council.

It was presented by the newly-appointed youth council mayor, Oliver Atkinson, who posted on Facebook to say: “What an amazing little girl!! Feel honoured to have presented this”.

Pippa also received a book about fairies and her mum, Michelle Cole, said she was happy Pippa could get the award.

She said: “The council has followed Pippa’s story and then invited us to their meeting to be presented with the award.

“She was asleep for most of the time we were there but she was really happy to receive the award and book.”

Pippa was diagnosed with an aggresive brain tumour, called an ependymoma Grade 3, in July 2013, when she was just 18 months old.

Surgeons removed 98 per cent of the tumour and Pippa underwent 13 months of intensive chemotherapy.

The brave youngster was given the all clear last September but earlier this year a routine scan showed the cancer had returned.

Pippa has had to undergo 33 rounds of radiotherapy in two months at The Christie.

Pippa was all set to go to America in February for potentially lifesaving proton beam therapy. but had to cancel the trip after the tumour returned.

The family had raised more than £12,000 towards the US trip, which will now be used to support them during the coming months, as well as for any specialist equipment Pippa might need.

Michelle, 34, said: “Pippa was given months to live in February but we’re still here fighting.

“She has her good and bad days but getting the award was great. The money has taken a huge amount of pressure off us because we don’t know what the future holds.”