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Christopher’s Smile

701. Kevin Capel
702. Karen Capel

A dedicated couple from Guildford are fundraising in memory of their son, Christopher.

Kevin and Karen Capel are the founders of ‘Christopher’s Smile’, a charity set up in memory of their son to fund research into paediatric cancers. To date they have raised over £1 million to support the work of four full-time researchers at the Institute for Cancer Research.

The backing from Christopher’s Smile has led directly to the development of a new genetic test for children with cancer, which will enable clinicians to gain a better understanding of the best possible treatments for their patients.

In a personal letter to Kevin and Karen, Prime Minister Theresa May said:

“Your important work with Christopher’s Smile is a wonderful tribute to Christopher’s memory and is supporting breakthrough research that will make a real difference to children diagnosed with brain cancers.”

Kevin and Karen said:

“We are delighted to receive a Point of Light award in recognition of our efforts to help to make a positive difference to the lives of children with cancer, in terms of finding new treatments so they not only survive the disease but reach adulthood enjoying a good quality of life.”

The daily Points of Light award recognises outstanding individual volunteers - people who are making a change in their community.

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