Christophers Smile
Christopher’s Smile was set up in October 2008 after Karen and Kevin Capel lost their son, Christopher in June the same year to an aggressive medulloblastoma brain tumour. Following a 21 month battle with the disease he passed away 9 days before his 6th birthday. The Capels wanted to find something positive in their tragedy and thought long and hard about the direction they should take. Christopher's mum and dad feel strongly that new treatments are urgently needed for the 20% of children who do not survive their disease along with those children who survive but face a lifetime of post treatment issues. Christopher’s Smile does not have a specific paediatric tumour focus but instead provides funding for projects that will benefit the largest number of children possible across the childhood cancer community. The charity has awarded 6 project grants and raised over 1.2 million pounds. The current research funding focus of Christopher’s Smile is the development of tumour DNA sequencing for the analysis of tissue and fluid samples. The lack of innovative targeted drugs for paediatric trials is of particular concern to the Capels. They are actively campaigning for change on a European platform and they have addressed the European Commission and MEPs in Brussels with the overall aim to improve the outcome for children with cancer. "Our vision is for every child diagnosed with childhood cancer to not only survive, but to reach adulthood enjoying a good quality of life."
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Our knitters will be busy creating as many of these lovely “helix tailed monkeys” as possible during October and November to help raise funds and awareness for children’s cancer research.
Christopher’s favourite soft toys were monkeys. He had a huge collection which was lovingly cared for and still is.
Our helix monkeys will be donated to children who are diagnosed with cancer and who have their tumours sequenced using the test which Christopher’s Smile has funded. We will also sell a number of monkeys to raise further funds for research. (If you would like ot buy a monkey for £3.50 plus P&P please email us at
Our knitters are donating their time. The wool has also been donated.
We are seeking minimum sponsorship of £25 per knitter from individuals and companies.
In return we will provide a certificate of participation and the
reassurance that you will be making a positive difference for children going through cancer treatment now and in the future.

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31.10.16 You have some lovely, worthwhile, thoughtful ideas. Hope all the knitting goes well.

31.10.16 Good Luck

31.10.16 Good Luck!

25.10.16 Best wishes to you all.

25.10.16 Only to pleased to help !


19.10.16 Make the kids smile!

17.10.16 Great idea. Keep the fingers busy!

07.10.16 Great idea :-) Happy knitting from your friends at Menzies LLP, Heathrow office.

04.10.16 Keep knitting those monkeys! I can't knit, so this is my way of joining in. Best wishes from Siobhan at Egham Reflexology x


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