A brave girl from Seaford, who finished her treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, will join forces with Nicole Scherzinger to raise money for cancer research.
Bella Scriven, nine, will sing in front of millions of TV viewers as part of Cancer Research UK’s and Channel 4’s Stand Up To Cancer campaign.
The pupil at Cradle Hill Primary School in Seaford finished her treatment just six weeks ago and will be performing as part of the Stand Up To Cancer Children’s Choir today (Friday).
All 20 children in the choir have been treated for cancer and their inspirational performance will highlight the importance of raising money to translate research into life-saving treatments.
Stand Up To Cancer is a joint national fundraising campaign designed to accelerate cancer treatments to UK patients and save lives. It culminates in an epic live TV event today hosted by Davina McCall, Alan Carr and Dr Christian Jessen.
Bella was diagnosed in June 2012, after falling ill when she was on holiday with her family in Tenerife. The family cut their trip short to return home to the UK for Bella to start treatment.
She had chemotherapy at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, Brighton, and responded well to her treatment which ended in August.
Her mum Kirstin, 38, said, “Bella has done fantastically well throughout her chemotherapy and has been so brave. She has a needle phobia but the team at the Alex were so supportive and helped us every step of the way.
“Thanks to breakthroughs in research the survival rate for children with ALL is high and Bella was able to have treatment that was kinder and didn’t have such terrible side effects.”
The family, including Bella’s twin brother Joel, younger brother Noah, three, and dad Andy, 44, have not left the UK since her diagnosis.
However now that her treatment has finished they are planning a celebration trip to Florida in November where Bella and Joel hope to swim with dolphins.
Kirstin said, “I feel incredibly proud that Bella is part of the amazing Stand Up To Cancer Children’s Choir.”