Since being diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in January 2012, four year old Alfie from Hertfordshire is often unable to do the things he loves most, such as going to the beach, swimming and seeing shows. So when offered the chance to have his ultimate wish granted by Make-A-Wish, Alfie chose to combine his favourite activities and go on a family holiday to Butlins!
Alfie, along with Mum Kirsty, Dad Stephen and brother Charlie, spent a jam-packed five days at the Bognor Regis Butlins resort. His Hickman Line, used to administer his medication, was removed before the holiday, which meant he could take part in all his favourite activities.
Mum Kirsty said: “It was so nice to be together as a family and not worry about hospital appointments. We saw the Butlins show, went swimming, bowling, trampolining and even spent a great, if chilly, morning on the beach!”
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Alfie commented: “I’d love to go again – the best thing was going on the slide in the swimming pool!”
Alfie has undergone blood and platelet transfusions and is now on daily chemotherapy treatment until May 2015. He is visited by school nurses and attends hospital appointments at least once a week. The family hope the treatment will eradicate all the cancer cells, but Alfie will be monitored closely until he is 16.
Kirsty added: “Alfie’s diagnosis had a big impact on our lives and we have to be extremely careful that he doesn’t get an infection. We haven’t been on holiday since he was diagnosed, but Butlins has given us the confidence to go away as a family again. The whole experience has been amazing.”