The charity Blue Skye Thinking has announced the appointment of a PhD researcher to join the paediatric brain tumour research group at the Northern Institute for Cancer Research.
The charity raised £120,000 to fund 24-year-old Gemma Llargués Sistac in the four-year post based in Newcastle.
She'll work to identify drug combinations that could be used to improve survival rates from brain tumours and reduce how toxic treatments for tumours are.
Sally and Andrew Hall set up Blue Skye Thinking in memory of their son, Skye, from Abingdon who died in 2014 from side effects of his treatment for medulloblastoma, an aggressive and cancerous brain tumour.
Currently less than 2% of national cancer funding goes towards brain tumour research.