Clatterbridge goes extra mile to help little boy ring cancer bell

A cancer team helped a young patient ring the end of treatment bell in front of his family, despite the hospital lockdown.

The radiotherapy team from the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in Wirral went the extra mile for three-year-old Brodie Halliday, ensuring his family could safely witness him ringing the cancer all-clear bell, despite the threat of coronavirus.

Brodie Halliday was diagnosed in July 2019 with a brain tumour, and was referred over 250 miles away for radiotherapy treatment at Clatterbridge

The family of Brodie, who has recently finished 35 rounds of gruelling radiotherapy, were devastated that they might not get to witness him ringing the traditional "end of treatment" bell as visitor restrictions meant only his mum Kirstie, 35, was accompanying him to his appointments.

Kirstie said: “When I chatted to the team about what we could do to make sure as many people saw him ring the bell as possible, they knew just what to do. They’ve gone above and beyond for Brodie and really made a fuss of his during his treatment."

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The medical team unscrewed the bell from its usual position in the radiotherapy department and set it up outside to ensure the entire Halliday family – including dad Jamie, 42, and sister Indiana, seven – could safely witness this milestone moment.

Three year-old Brodie Halliday pictured with mum Kirstie, sister Indiana (7), and dad Jamie

Brodie, who was diagnosed in July 2019 with a brain tumour, initially received treatment near his home in the Scottish Borders, before being referred over 250 miles away for radiotherapy treatment at the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre.

Mum Kirstie said: "We moved our entire lives down to Wirral for Brodie's treatment and with everything going on, it's been quite a daunting experience.

"Having Brodie in hospital during a pandemic was also incredibly worrying.

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Brodie Halliday, three, pictured with seven-year-old sister Indiana

"But the team from the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre have gone above and beyond for Brodie, especially during a really challenging time for all the staff and patients.

"We're really grateful that the team found a way for us to celebrate this special moment with Brodie."

Paediatric radiographer Sarah Stead said: "We weren't going to let the coronavirus ruin Brodie's big moment to ring the bell in front of his family. And as patient safety is our top priority, having visitors into the hospital isn't possible at the moment.

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"The team and I made sure Brodie could safely have his celebratory moment.

"He had quite a socially distant crowd in the end, of fellow patients and Clatterbridge staff, cheering him on."

Following his treatment, Brodie is now recovering well at home.