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Brave Oliwia rings end of treatment bell in her Nan’s garden

Press release – August 12 2020

2020/019

Five-year-old Oliwia is one of the bravest five year olds we know!

Oliwia was diagnosed with cancer in June last year and has undergone intense oncology treatment between Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Wye Valley NHS Trust.

She finished her treatment in July but was unable to ring the end of treatment bell at Hereford County Hospital at the time due to restrictions imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Now, a month later, we have arranged for Oliwia to ring the bell in her Nan’s garden surrounded by her close family and some of the staff who looked after her.

Oliwia has been super brave throughout the whole of this time and staff were delighted to be able to arrange the bell-ringing ceremony away from the hospital for her.

The day was made extra special thanks to cupcakes – Caticorns, unicorns and rainbows being particularly popular – by Laura Jordan.

The Trust would like to thank Project Linus, which donated a quilted blanket, and also to the End of Treatment Bell Company which donated the bell to the Trust. This will be used by future patients.

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Pic caption:

Brave five year old Oliwia with the End of Treatment bell she rang in her Nan’s garden.

Notes to Editors WVT:

 

  • Oliwia is the correct spelling
  • Wye Valley NHS Trust is a provider of health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve.
  • By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
  • With an estimated annual turnover of around £185 million, we employ around 3,000 staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.

For further information please contact:

Fiona Gurney, communications officer, or John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928

Contact Details

John Burnett
Communication and engagement manager
Tel: 01432 372928
Email: John.Burnett@wvt.nhs.uk

Amanda Millichip
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 355444 Ext: 5105
Email: Amanda.Millichip@wvt.nhs.uk

Fiona Gurney
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 355444 Ext: 5105
Email:  Fiona.gurney@wvt.nhs.uk

 

Postal address:

Wye Valley NHS Trust
The County Hospital
Trust Headquarters
Union Walk
Hereford
HR1 2ER

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