A BARRY family are continuing to highlight the importance of seeking medical advice as their daughter continues to make progress following her brain tumour diagnosis.

Rob Spong, 41, and partner Donna McClelland, 36, have recently moved to a more suitable home adapted for use by six-year-old Lacey-mae.

The Holton primary school youngster was diagnosed with a benign pilocytic astrocytoma in July 2016 after complaining of feeling unwell since the beginning of that year.

Her eyesight had deteriorated and she was suffering bad headaches.

Mr Spong took her to the University Hospital of Wales on July 18 where had a CT scan.

The youngster underwent a nine-hour operation to remove as much of the tumour as possible on July 21 and has now finished her chemotherapy treatment last September.

Lacey-mae is now attending school full-time and, with the help of a dedicated LSA and teaching staff, is catching up with her peers now that chemotherapy is complete and a special splint is stimulating her left arm to improve movement on her left side.

The family are still helping to raise brain tumour awareness and urge anyone, with a child, to heed the early symptoms and go to hospital.

March was brain tumour awareness month and next year the family plan a fundraising and awareness campaign.

Signs to look out for include persistent and recurrent headache; balance, co-ordination and walking problems; persistent and recurrent vomiting; abnormal eye movements; blurred or double vision or loss of vision; behaviour change; fits or seizures; and abnormal head position such as wry neck, head tilt or stiff neck.

Symptoms also include reduced consciousness; diabetes insipidus (excessive drinking), and abnormal growth.