Lisa hunts for cash when Belle is sectioned and moved down south
t’s every northerner’s nightmare – to be sectioned and then shipped to Surrey against your will. That’s the plight of Belle Dingle this week, and poor Lisa is yet again left feeling bereft and fearing that she will hardly get to see her ailing daughter.
Belle is clearly in a bad way as she trembles under the covers of a hospital bed, tormented by the voices in her head. Jermaine Bailey, who only three months ago was working as a GP, suspects it’s schizophrenia and is proved right when his young girlfriend is officially diagnosed and sectioned.
‘It’s a terrible shock,’ says Jane Cox, who plays Lisa. ‘It’s hard for Lisa to accept that her daughter is so ill and she’s devastated when Belle will only speak to Bailey.
‘She did blame him for Belle
Irunning off, but when she sees the way he is with her, she realises that he really does love her.’
Lisa is then told that Belle will be moved to Surrey because there are no beds available in the north. Desperate to keep her daughter nearby, she decides to raise the funds to send her to a private clinic, where the fees would be an eyewatering £5,000 a week.
Says Jane: ‘Lisa hasn’t got that kind of money. She’s turned down for a bank loan and then asks the Sharmas, but they don’t want to know. Joanie tries to help, but Lisa snaps at her. She goes a bit potty and suggests stealing Chrissie’s car and getting Charity to sell it, which is totally out of character for her.’
Chas finally comes up trumps and offers Lisa the money she needs. Lisa rushes off to the clinic, cash in hand, only to be told that Belle has already been moved.
‘Lisa is heartbroken,’ says Jane. ‘It’s such a long way away and she wants Belle to have help from the family. For her to be so far away is a nightmare.’
How long till Belle comes home?
The psychiatrist assesses Belle and prescribes a big move
Anguished Lisa is desperate to keep Belle nearby