Taylor helps start hospital brick plea
ABOY from Burscough was a guest of honour as The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity launched a fundraising campaign to build a model of the new Clatterbridge Cancer Centre with more than half a million Lego bricks.
Members of the public are being asked to buy a Lego brick for a £1 donation, to build a 4ft 3in x 9ft 2in x 4ft 3in high (1.6m x 2.8m x 1.6m) replica of the specialist hospital being built in Liverpool city centre.
Experts from Bright Bricks, home to Duncan Titmarsh, the UK’s only Lego certified professional, will oversee the project and train an army of local enthusiasts to work on the structure.
Clatterbridge patient Taylor Seddon, eight, from Burscough, was joined by Olympic Gold Medal winner and TV presenter Sam Quek and fellow patient Reece Holt, 12, to lay the first bricks of the model at the hospital’s current home in Wirral.
Sam, who was presented with her own replica Lego brick figure, complete with hockey stick, said: “This is a brilliant fundraising idea and a great way to get people involved in the fundraising campaign.
“Everyone will really enjoy seeing the model take shape.
“The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre is a brilliant facility that helps so many people from this area.
“I am sure everyone will want to get involved and buy a brick. ”
Taylor was treated with radiotherapy at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.
Taylor’s dad, Jeff Seddon, said: “Taylor is a big Lego fan and we know it helps children who are starting radiotherapy understand what is happening, so it is great that the charity are using it in this way to raise money for the new hospital.
“You never know when you will need Clatterbridge.
“We didn’t think we would.
“The staff were fantastic with Taylor and we would urge everyone to get behind this campaign, buy a brick and help build a new hospital for local people with cancer.”
Reece Holt, from Morecambe, was treated at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre after surgery for a brain tumour.
He helped staff design a Lego replica of a radiotherapy machine to aid other children at the hospital in understanding their treatment.
Reece’s mum, Rachel, said: “Lego bricks played a big part in Reece’s treatment and his recovery from surgery, particularly his co-ordination and motor skills.
“We are thrilled to be here to lay the first Lego bricks and be part of this.”
Head of The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity, Katrina Bury, said: “We are delighted to be working with Bright Bricks on this exciting project, one of the biggest Lego brick structures in the UK.
“Building a Lego brick replica of our new cancer hospital in Liverpool is an ambitious project, but we are sure our dedicated supporters and the people of the region will support us with enthusiasm and generosity.
“We can’t wait to get started and see the model take shape, and we would love to beat the builders and complete our Lego brick hospital before the real thing is finished in 2020.”
The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity is working to raise £15m towards the construction of the new specialist cancer hospital in Liverpool city centre and improvements to the Wirral site.
If you would like to buy a Lego brick for £1 and help transform cancer care, please go to www. justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/clatterbridgecc/legobrick or www.clatterbridgecc.org. uk