York: OSCAR’s 10th Anniversary Honors the Memory of Oscar Hughes
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York: OSCAR’s 10th Anniversary Honors the Memory of Oscar Hughes

In memory of Oscar Hughes from Dunnington who passed away in 2014, OSCAR’s Paediatric Brain Tumour Charity was established. His parents, Marie and Ian Hughes, launched the charity later that year. In 2020, Ian also died from a brain tumour. A few days after Ian’s funeral, his son, four-year-old Milo, was diagnosed with the same disease and passed away a year later. OSCAR’s primarily works to fund research into paediatric brain tumours in children and young people. According to the charity, 2023 was a “record-breaking year,” raising more money and reaching more people than ever before, including supporting over 50 children. Phil Martinez, the charity manager who was a former teacher at Oscar’s old school, expressed his pride in working with the charity. He emphasized OSCAR’s ‘Booster Boxes’ as something that showed the charity’s “personal touch” in connecting with youngsters, providing a ‘pick-me-up’ for children with brain tumours and their siblings. Local football teams, schools, and businesses have also fundraised for OSCAR’s in the current year. This includes Wigginton Grasshoppes and Bedale Juniors, Wilberfoss CE Primary School, Bootham School, Vantage Toyota, 1st Mortgage Services, Click Through Digital, and Pure Dental. Looking ahead to 2024, Marie Hughes, the charity founder and chair of trustees, stated that OSCAR’s will continue its work by investing £60,000 in new research projects. The charity is also seeking to appoint youth ambassadors who have a desire to support its work and children with brain tumours. For more information about OSCAR’s, visit oscarspbtc.org or email Phil Martinez at phil@oscarspbtc.org.