A TEENAGE YouTuber who inspired thousands with her online videos about her battle with cancer has missed out on a prestigious award.

Charlotte Eades from Brighton died in February at the age of 19 following a battle with an inoperable brain tumour.

A video she made with Marcus Butler for the Stand Up to Cancer campaign had been nominated for a British Online Creators Association (BONCA) award.

In the video Charlotte said: “My name is Charlotte Eades.

“I’m like any other typical teenage girl but I have a twist. I have cancer.

“I’m here to be a guru of cancer.

“Before being diagnosed I thought I was invincible. Why can’t I be normal?

“When I make my YouTube videos I feel more normal and less isolated.”

The prize-giving ceremony took place at the London Palladium last night with the awards presented by Brighton’s Connor Maynard and his brother Jack.

Although Charlotte did not win the Campaign Video of the Year category, her legacy is continuing with a new charity launched by her family last month.

Her family is also hoping the awards will be an opportunity for the charity set up in her name, Charlotte’s Battle Against Glioblastoma (BAG).

It aims to raise funds for the research into, and awareness of, glioblastoma, the aggressive tumour she was diagnosed with at the age of 16.

Glioblastoma belongs to a group of brain tumours known as gliomas.

It is the most common primary brain tumour in adults but also the most aggressive form, meaning they are fast growing and likely to spread.

The charity will be working with consultant neuro-oncologist Stergios Zacharoulis, who treated Charlotte during her illness, and his team.

The aim is to use existing data and codes for the treatment of the cancer and research new ways of getting patients access to that treatment faster.

During her illness Charlotte posted a series of emotional, frank and funny YouTube vlogs about living with the disease and her love of fashion.

Her mother Alex, 55, and brother Miles, have continued to keep the blog going on subjects including symptoms of cancer, coping with grief and on Charlotte’s collection of handbags.

In an earlier interview Mrs Eades said: “Losing Charlotte was and still is completely devastating, but the aim of Charlotte’s BAG is to try and make sure that other glioblastoma patients and their families do not suffer in the same way.

“Medics call glioblastoma ‘the Terminator’ because currently there is no cure and the only treatment is to reduce the symptoms and relieve pain for as long as possible. We aim to change this.”

In June this year Charlotte was given a Special Recognition Award in the Cancer Research UK Flame of Hope Awards.

These acknowledge fundraising efforts and volunteering. Others up for awards last night included YouTube sensations Zoella and Alfie.


JUNE 2014: I’ve been wanting to make a YouTube video for some time now to discuss the cancer but also to discuss things like beauty and fashion because these are the things that I love about life.

But I found when I had the cancer I wanted some advice videos and there aren’t many about on YouTube.

So I’m here to be a sort of guru of cancer if you like and answer people’s questions about hair loss, medication, socialising and friendship. All things that cancer affects.

JAN 2015: What it’s like living with cancer each day. First of all I wake in the morning and I say thank you because I’m still alive for another day.

Living with cancer and having cancer is like living on a knife-edge. Just in a split second it could go wrong.

MARCH 2015: A lot of people think you lose your hair to all types of chemotherapy. As you can see, I am an example that this is not always true. Somebody can have cancer and still have hair.

People think because you’re hair is growing, you’re all find and that’s it. That’s not the case. I have still got my brain tumour.

OCTOBER 2015: (On news her cancer has spread). Yes it’s awful and I know the possibilities but I’m still here and I’m still able to get myself dressed and do all my normal things and I don’t think that it’s my time yet so I’m going to still keep fighting this. I still feel I’ve got a good chance of beating the odds and that’s what I plan to do.

JANUARY 2016: In her last post she delivers herself, she manages to get a few sentences across. She said: “On a bit of a sad note, in case anything does happen to me I’ve told my brother and mum my passwords to YouTube and to everything else so they can continue.”

FEBRUARY 2016: Now unable to talk, Charlotte waves to the camera before her mother takes over. She describes life as “a real struggle with little to look forward to” but ends on a positive note by saying she hopes to feel better in time for her 19th birthday in two weeks.