Holiday treat at hospital

The Easter hampers are given to staff at Ward 14, in Newcastle.
The Easter hampers are given to staff at Ward 14, in Newcastle.

A family which has been affected by a gruelling cancer battle has handed out special hampers filled with Easter treats to children suffering from the condition.

Amble lad Brandon Ballance, 12, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain-stem tumour when he was just two, although a recent scan in December showed that his tumour is stable.

During his brave fight, the youngster was supported and helped by Newcastle RVI’s Ward 14 Paediatric Oncology Day Unit and the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity. To give something back, Brandon and his family have handed out a number of hampers, packed with Easter eggs and other teats, to both.

His mum Sarah said: “We gave three hampers to Ward 14, as well as a pamper hamper to the nurses, and two to the Rainbow Trust. They have both played a big part in our lives, so we like to give something back.

“It may just be an Easter egg, but it makes a difference to the children and Brandon loves to get involved in it, because he knows what they are going through.

The community has donated to the hampers and Sarah is grateful for the support. She said: “I would like to thank everybody for their help. We didn’t expect to receive the donations, but the support has been overwhelming.”

Ward 14 includes outpatient and day-care facilities for children and young people up to their 19th birthday, who have been diagnosed with cancer.

The Rainbow Trust supports more than 25 per cent of the 6,000 families in England who have a child up to the age of 18 with a life-threatening or terminal illness and need the bespoke support the charity offers.