2014 is the 20th anniversary of Brainwave. That is, 20 years of helping children who have a brain related condition and supporting the families who are right behind them. Brainwave is still the only paediatric charity supporting children with the wide range of neurological conditions. The Brainwave story: Brainwave was founded twenty years ago by Josephine Nicholls whose six year old son, Nicholas, was diagnosed with a brain tumour – a harrowing situation for any family. After many years of surgery, treatment, a relapse and the ultimate ‘all clear’, Josephine witnessed first-hand the devastating effect that a sick child has on families: emotionally, physically and financially. She decided to form a charity whose mission was to practically assist children and their families with much-needed rehabilitation and mobility equipment as well as hosting a range of family activities and events. These activities connect people with shared challenges and provide some fun relief for children who live with debilitating conditions. Brainwave’s aims: Brainwave aims to reduce the impact of paediatric neurological conditions on children and their families by offering practical assistance and emotional support to help improve their quality of life. Brainwave’s approach is one of respect, care, inclusion, positivity and a desire to create a strong sense of community. What Brainwave do: Brainwave provides families at home with much needed rehabilitation and mobility equipment and funding for ongoing therapies, helping to make their lives a little easier. We host a range of family activities and events, including weekend camps that bring people together, and consequently, we have seen friendships built and children smile. That has been another of Brainwave’s goals; to connect families and empower them to build a support network of like-minded people facing the same fears, concerns and issues as parents of a debilitated child.