Billy Thompson's Journey: Supporting a Brave 4-Year-Old's Last Months with a Terminal Brain Tumour

Heartbreakingly, we find ourselves rallying around a little superhero and beautiful boy, 4-year-old Billy, who is courageously battling a terminal brain tumour. Every day Billy spends with his family is treasured.

Billy has gone through thirteen gruelling radiotherapy sessions but radiotherapy alone is not a cure. Chemotherapy has to date been shown to be ineffective in treating DIPG so Billy’s parents anxiously await news what other treatments might be available to fight this terrible illness.

This Just Giving campaign, “Billy Thompson’s Journey,” aims to provide support for his family so they can be there every step of the way, creating moments of joy and laughter and memories they can cherish forever.

Your donations will go towards helping Billy’s family provide him with the best life and the best care possible.

January’s MRI scan indicates some tumour progression, likely attributed to pseudo-progression resulting from radiotherapy and associated swelling. Unfortunately, due to uncertainty surrounding the tumour’s status, Billy’s acceptance into the third round of the GOSH CARMIGO trial in March seems unlikely. The family is now actively exploring international alternatives, aware that this endeavour will come with significant expenses.

DIPG is a whirlwind. Every second counts. At this point, they are desperately trying to prepare themselves for the eventuality of overseas treatment, so need your help to raise as much money as possible.

Any remaining funds will be contributed to Abbie’s Army or a similar DIPG research organisation. The family is dedicated to supporting efforts to discover a cure for DIPG, sparing other children and families from enduring this devastating cancer.

Join us in our mission to make life a little easier for Billy, his parents, Jamie and Ellie and his six-year-old sister, Maddie.


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We have reached out to some friends to join the cause and raise awareness of this awful disease. 



Jonny Wilkinson

Jonny Wilkinson is a retired English rugby union player and one of the sport’s true legends. Born on May 25, 1979, in Frimley, England, Wilkinson gained international fame for his remarkable career, particularly for his time as a fly-half for the England national team. He played a pivotal role in England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup victory, famously securing the winning drop goal in the final.

Known for his precision, dedication, and exceptional kicking ability, Wilkinson is widely regarded as one of the greatest rugby players of his generation. Beyond his on-field accomplishments, he has also been involved in coaching and philanthropy, further solidifying his impact on the world of rugby.



Sir Brian May

Sir Brian May is a legendary British musician, astrophysicist, and author, best known as the guitarist and songwriter for the iconic rock band Queen.

Born on July 19, 1947, in Hampton, London, May’s influential guitar work contributed significantly to Queen’s success. Beyond his musical prowess, he holds a Ph.D. in astrophysics and has contributed to various scientific endeavours. Knighted in 2005 for his services to music and charity work, Sir Brian May continues to inspire through his multifaceted talents and achievements.

Plus he is one of Billy’s favourite guitar players EVER!


Matt Bardock

Matt Bardock is a talented British actor known for his versatile performances in television, film, and theater. Born on February 17, 1974, in England, Bardock has built a successful career with notable roles in popular TV series such as “Casualty” and “Hollyoaks.”

With his charismatic presence and acting prowess, he has captivated audiences and earned recognition for his contributions to the entertainment industry. Matt Bardock’s dedication to his craft has solidified his status as a respected and accomplished actor.



Johnny Sexton

Johnny Sexton, the Ireland captain, is a revered figure in the world of rugby, having marked his international debut in 2009 against Fiji.

Throughout the majority of his illustrious professional career, Sexton has been a stalwart at Leinster. During his tenure, he played a pivotal role in securing European Cup victories for the team in 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2018. Additionally, he ventured abroad for a two-year stint with Racing 92 in Paris from 2013 to 2015.

In a remarkable achievement in 2023, Sexton etched his name in history by becoming the oldest player to grace the Six Nations, surpassing the previous record held by England’s Simon Shaw.


Dame Judi Dench

Dame Judi Dench, born December 9, 1934, is a highly acclaimed British actress with a career spanning over six decades. Known for her exceptional work in film, television, and theatre, Dench has received numerous awards, including an Academy Award for “Shakespeare in Love” (1998). Renowned for her role as M in James Bond films, she has also excelled in Shakespearean performances on stage. Beyond acting, Dench is recognized for her philanthropy. With a damehood and a Companion of Honour, she is a true icon in the world of entertainment.

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