Big day for cancer battler Bella, 11

Award: Bella Scriven with singer and presenter Stacey Solomon
Award: Bella Scriven with singer and presenter Stacey Solomon

A brave schoolgirl who endured a tough battle with cancer was guest of honour at a special party held to salute the courage of all youngsters coping with the disease.

Bella Scriven, 11, from Seaford, joined the circus-themed Cancer Research UK Kids and Teens Star Awards party, held in partnership with TK Maxx, at The Roof Gardens in Kensington, London, on Saturday.

The extravaganza, featuring some famous faces, was organised to help raise awareness of the charity’s ground-breaking work in the field of children’s cancer research and the urgent need to boost funds.

Bella, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in June 2012, was one of 20 children from across the UK who attended the party as an ambassador to represent around 600 youngsters who have received Cancer Research UK Kids and Teens Star Awards in the last year.

She enjoyed an afternoon of crafts and games, honing her circus skills with activities including plate spinning, juggling and tossing diabolos.

Bella and her family – brother Noah, five, and grandparents Bob and Sandy – also met party host Stacey Solomon before receiving a medal from the presenter and reality television star during a special presentation ceremony.

The day’s entertainment was rounded off with performances from Britain’s Got Talent winners Ashleigh and Pudsey, comedy double act Johnny and Inel, the cast of Horrible Histories live on tour, Milkshake presenters Derek Moran and Amy Thompson, and Nanny Plum from children’s TV show Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom.

Bella first became ill during a family holiday in Tenerife. The family cut short their break to return to the UK so Bella could start treatment at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton. She responded well, finished her treatment last August and was even able to keep up her beloved dance classes.

Bella’s mum Kirstin said, “Bella has done fantastically well throughout her chemotherapy and has been so brave, despite her needle phobia. They had a blast at the party. My mother-in-law couldn’t get over how kind and generous everyone was. And Noah fell in love with Stacey!”

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