Brandon brings job to sick children


BEAMING with delight, courageous Brandon Ballance delivered the perfect festive gift, by handing out presents to sick children in time for Christmas.

Dressed as Santa’s little helper, the nine-year-old brain tumour patient dished out goodies to poorly youngsters at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary last week.



With sacks aplenty bulging full of toys and other treats, the Amble lad brought joy to little ones on the cancer ward and day unit.

It was a heartwarming gesture to put smiles on the faces of those brave bairns who were in hospital during the festive period – a sad reality which Brandon himself has faced in the past.

Just last Christmas, the Links Avenue youngster underwent a six-week intense course of radiotherapy to stabilise an inoperable cancerous growth on his brain stem.

But this year, it was a different story as inspirational Brandon, who has battled his condition since he was diagnosed at the age of two, became the bearer of gifts, to the delight of many ill children.

His proud mum Sarah Nicholson said: “Their little faces lit up when Brandon gave them the presents.

“Brandon loved giving out the presents and he couldn’t stop smiling because he knew he was helping other people.

“It was an absolutely fantastic day.”

It came after Sarah launched a campaign to collect toys and sweets for the youngsters in hospital.

Alongside these, pamper hampers were given to staff nurses.

Sarah, 33, thanked everyone who donated gifts.

She is trying to make the Christmas appeal a registered charity, called Brandon’s Little Helpers, and hopes it will become an annual event, which grows year-on-year, to create lots of smiles for youngsters.