Little Oliver rings the bell to signal end of cancer treatment

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Posted on: 08 Oct 2021

We’re so pleased to announce that one of our very special young supporters, Oliver Swift, has ‘rung the bell’ to signal the end of his cancer treatment.

Little Oliver, who is now four, has been receiving treatment at Nottingham Children’s Hospital since he was five months old, when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour. 

The tumour took up more than half the left-hand side of his brain, and Oliver has since undergone three operations, plus chemotherapy to further shrink the tumour.

Despite being given just a 2% chance of survival, Oliver has finally been able to ring the special bell on the children’s ward that marks the end of his treatment.

Ashley holds Oliver and Charlene stands by the side. They are happy as it looks like they've just rung the cancer bell

Oliver with his parents, Ashley and Charlene

Oliver’s parents, Ashley and Charlene, have been huge supporters of our Big Appeal for Nottingham Children’s Hospital, taking on a variety of events and challenges in order to raise money for specialist equipment to help other young children like Oliver.

Last month, just weeks after Oliver’s treatment ended, Charlene took on our Big QMC Abseil, and Ashley took on the Robin Hood Half Marathon.
Charlene hangs off the side of the building. She is smiling up at the camera

Charlene taking on the Big QMC Abseil

Charlene said: “Doing the Big QMC Abseil was my biggest fear, I’ve never been good with heights, but with everything Oliver has been through it gave me inspiration to tackle it head on! We could never be thankful enough to all the medical professionals at the QMC, these challenges are just a way to show our appreciation.”

Ashley said: “We have been so thankful for the NHS over the last three years, and being able to raise funds is just one way we are able to say thank you. We have seen the impact that these funds make first hand with things like the improvement of equipment on the wards.”

Ashley Swift runs past the camera. He is smiling but looks tired

Ashley taking part in the Robin Hood Half Marathon

Louise Knight, Head of Fundraising at Nottingham Hospitals Charity, said: “We’ve all been following Oliver’s journey over the past few years, and we are so delighted to see him finally able to ring that special bell.

“Ashley and Charlene have been the most dedicated and unwavering of supporters, even through some extremely difficult times for their family, and we are so grateful to them for all they have done – and continue to do – in order to help other young patients like Oliver.”

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