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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

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