Friday 7th October was a special day for The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust, as LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Manchester has donated a specially built LEGO® radiography machine to help staff at the treatment centre explain to children how radiotherapy works.
Sarah Stead, Paediatric Specialist Radiographer at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, demonstrates to many children how radiotherapy works by using a small and basic LEGO® model of a radiography machine she built herself, which is one of a number of play initiatives used to put the young cancer patients at ease.
Fascinated by the technology behind the radiotherapy equipment, Reece Holt, aged 10 from Morecambe who was treated with radiotherapy for a brain tumour, took inspiration from Sarah’s model and decided to make his own recreation of the machine. He then kindly gave this to the radiotherapy department so he could encourage other children to feel inspired and at ease.
He said: “I thought if another child was scared of the machine, they could play with it first so it didn’t seem so scary when they had treatment.”
The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre decided to see if LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Manchester was interested in helping producing something built by its Master Model Builder Alex and Sarah was thrilled when they got involved.
The attraction has made an even bigger version of the model to help other children coming into the department for treatment. Reece was excited to accept the new model on behalf of the hospital.
Sarah said: “Children are vulnerable and a visit to a new hospital can be a daunting experience. I focus a lot of the time on play, as it helps children to understand, make friends and develop relationships but more importantly to have fun. I spend time with each child in the radiotherapy machine room explaining how the machine works but unfortunately time is limited. I can use the LEGO® model to explain how the machine will move in more depth and answer any of their questions.”
Sarah added: “I would like to say a massive thank you to LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Manchester for putting the time and effort into making this model for Clatterbridge, it will be an invaluable tool.”
James Thomas, General Manager at LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Manchester, commented: “We’re so pleased to be involved in helping make the LEGO® model for the young patients at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre and really hope this recreation will help put many more children at ease when having treatment. It’s such a great cause and we’re honoured to have been involved with it.”
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The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre is one of the largest, networked cancer centres in the UK, employing 1,000 staff members and treating 30,000 patients each year. Combining world-class clinical services, research and academic excellence, we are one of the UK’s leading providers of non-surgical cancer treatment including pioneering chemotherapy, radiotherapy and eye proton therapy.
As well as caring for more than 2.3million people in Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales, the Isle of Man and parts of Lancashire, our reputation and specialist services attract national and international cancer patients. We are consistently rated one of the best-performing hospitals in the Care Quality Commission’s national inpatient survey. For more information, visit The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre or follow us on Twitter.
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