Barnack school boy, six, rings celebratory bell at Peterborough City Hospital to mark end of treatment for leukaemia
A schoolboy was joined by his best friend to celebrate the end of his cancer treatment.
Six-year-old Archie Asprey returned to the Amazon Ward at Peterborough City Hospital to ring the celebratory bell.
The ceremony marked the end of a gruelling three-year journey for Archie’s family since he was diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of three.
He was joined by his parents Sarah and Andrew and insisted on taking along his best friend Sammy Hullock for support.
The boys raised a few smiles amongst the medical team when they accidentally pulled the rope off the bell in their excitement.
Archie’s aunt, Lucy Asprey, said: “Archie hasn’t missed out on anything during his treatment. Whatever he wanted to do, we made it happen.
“Andrew always dealt with the situation with such positivity. We tried to have a sense of humour about it.”
Archie, who lives with his dad in Barnack, had been ill for a few months before his diagnosis on October 28, 2016.
He grew tired easily and was suffering flu-like symptoms.
Archie’s skin started to turn yellow and he was taken to Peterborough City Hospital.
Doctors diagnosed acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and Archie started chemotherapy treatment at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge within days.
After six months of intensive treatment he continued to receive maintenance treatment at home.
Andrew, 37, said: “Archie didn’t really know what was wrong with him or what could happen. We just told him he had poorly blood.”
The family wanted Archie to continue living a normal life, so he continued to take part in karate lessons and started at Barnack Primary School when he was four.
Since finishing treatment and ringing the cancer bell last month, Archie has continued with karate and hopes to take up football. He also has a passion for trains.
This weekend Andrew and Lucy are hosting a celebration for Archie and his supporters to mark the end of his treatment.
The Danish Invader is hosting the party free of charge. It will include a raffle to raise money for the Amazon ward.
The family initially set a target of £500 but now hope to raise £2,000.
To support the fundraising visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/leanne-wright-757
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