Here’s Daniel’s story in his own words:

“The night before my chemotherapy is always tough. I usually play on my console and try not to think about it or how lousy I’ll feel afterwards. It’s something I’ve had to get used to since I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia last summer and started a treatment plan that ends in 2019 (I’m already planning the party!).

One of the community nurses offered us tickets to see Circus Starr and the show fell on the night before my hospital appointment – I jumped at the chance of going with my cousins. As soon as we spotted the big top in the distance we started getting really excited.

We got a great view of the circus action sat ringside. This space is reserved for wheelchair users and their family members. A collapsed vertebrae caused by the Leukaemia means I’m not quite as active as I was before I became ill – so playing golf for the County is on hold for now!

I can honestly say it was the best circus I’ve ever seen! There were Cuban acrobats on poles, ladies on silks and a totally crazy female clown who did a sketch based on the Star Wars movie.

It was great to do something fun to take my mind off what was happening the next day – I completely forgot about the dreaded treatment. Mum even said I seemed more relaxed at my hospital appointment. I’d definitely be up for going again next time the circus comes to town but until then I’ll be getting my head down to study for my GCSEs.”

We’re glad to have helped Daniel make some happy memories that he’ll have for years to come.

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