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Lucy rings in the best Christmas gift ever!

Posted: 6 December,
Communications Team

Picture of Lucy with family, doctor and nurse

There was not a dry eye in sight on the Starfish children’s ward at Watford General today as five year old Lucy Mitchell got to ring the bell to celebrate the end of her treatment for leukaemia.

Lucy, from Abbots Langley, has been undergoing treatment for two and a half years and so ringing the hospital’s ‘end of treatment bell’ marks a huge milestone. It means she’s finished her treatment and she’s now ready to get on with life, just in time for Christmas. It’s also inspiring for other children with cancer to see that there’s hope for the future, particularly when things are tough.

Lucy’s Mum, Susannah, said: “Everyone here at Watford General have been amazing, in particular the doctors, the nurses and the play specialists. All the staff, and especially the play specialists, have made all of Lucy’s stays in hospital as fun as they can be. We’re really grateful for everyone’s time and we’re going to miss all the staff!”

Dad Carl recently raised almost £5,000 for our children’s ward by completing a 12 mile ‘Tough Mudder’ race with friends. Susannah said: “The money we’ve raised will go towards children like Lucy, which is a really special thing to fundraise for.”

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Notes to editors

  1.  For more information please contact please contact the communications team on: 01923 436280 or email: communications@whht.nhs.uk. Out of hours, please call 07900 228031. 
  2. West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust serves people from across Hertfordshire, north London and further afield. It operates from three hospitals; Watford General, St Albans City and Hemel Hempstead. The trust has a catchment area of over 500,000 people and is one of the largest employers locally, with around 5,000 staff and volunteers.
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