PM writes to parents of brain tumour victim

Katy Holmes died from a brain tumour aged just 10 Photo:

David Cameron has spoken of his grief at the death of his son in a letter to the parents of a brain tumour victim.

The Prime Minister said he missed Ivan, who had cerebral palsy, every day - but could now sometimes feel happy thinking about him. The insight came in a hand-written reply to Paula and David Holmes after they urged him to put more money into researching the cause of brain tumours. The couple, whose 10-year-old daughter Katy died from the illness, appealed for him to consider the issue with his "dad head" on. Mr Cameron's response to their letter said he knew from losing his six-year-old son in 2009 that the pain "never truly goes away". "I am so sorry to hear of your loss," he wrote. "I miss my Ive every day, but at least I do sometimes now feel happy and not sad when I think of him. The point that you make about causes and medicines is a really powerful one. I will check myself that the research programmes are properly directed."

The missive was signed: "With love and best wishes David Cameron (with my dad head firmly on!)."

Speaking to Granada Reports, Katy’s mother Paula said it meant a lot to us that he'd read the letter, I wasn’t being fobbed off as I thought I might be and he was interested enough to want to do something himself."

The Holmes family are trying to increase the amount of money put into brain tumour research. At the moment, it accounts for less than 1% of national cancer research spending in the UK, far behind that of breast cancer and leukaemia, despite more people under the age of 40 dying from brain tumours than any other form of cancer.

If you would like more information you can go to www.katyholmestrust.co.uk or www.braintumourresearch.org

Mel Barham has been to meet Katy's mother, Paula Holmes.