Posted: Mon 25th Feb 2019

Four year old Evelyn from Penyffordd celebrates end of Leukemia treatment with bell ringing ceremony

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Monday, Feb 25th, 2019

Friends, family and staff from Wrexham Maelor Children’s Ward gathered to celebrate Evelyn’s happy moment where she read a poem and rang the bell with the help of her parents and baby sister.

Evelyn Taylor was diagnosed in Wrexham with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia coming up to her second birthday but after two years of treatment and chemotherapy which was split by Alderhey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool and Wrexham Maelor she is now in remission.

Ringing the ‘End of Treatment’ bell is a symbolic act specifically to celebrate the end of cancer treatment.

 

Clic Sargent nurse Jude Edwards applied for the bell because Evelyn’s parents Liam and Ruth Taylor wanted her to have the bell ringing ceremony in Wrexham as Evelyn’s care was shared between Wrexham and Alderhey.

Mum Ruth Taylor from Penyffordd said, “It’s overwhelming, we are relieved to get to the end. It teaches you not to take anything for granted. Now we just want to make up for lost time with things that she has missed while she was having treatment.

“Everyone has been so kind, so nice and they always make her feel special in Wrexham. We are really grateful for her care from the NHS and from Wrexham Maelor Hospital.”

Senior sister, Rebecca Morris said, “We’ve had the end of treatment bell put in in Wrexham because Evelyn and her family felt that although Evelyn had her treatment in Alderhey, they also came here for treatment and they wanted to celebrate with us as well.

“We got in touch with the charity and they kindly offered to sponsor one here so Evelyn has been ringing it today as our first patient who has finished her treatment.

“We are delighted she is very well now and it is a privilege to be part of a team that helps make children better.”

The charity ‘Children with Cancer UK’ kindly donated the End of Treatment Bell to Children’s Ward.

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