Alfie’s Top Isolation Tips
Seven-year-old, Alfie is an expert when it comes to isolation.
In February, before coronavirus hit the UK, Alfie was diagnosed with leukaemia. The day after his diagnosis he was transferred to Bristol Children's Hospital to start treatment.
In hospital, Alfie was confined to his hospital room for the first three weeks as he showed signs of norovirus. The following week, the Government announced social distancing regulations in the fight against the coronavirus. This meant Alfie had to self-isolate on Starlight Ward, with his Dad, Steve for the rest of his stay in hospital. For 10 days, Alfie was unable to see his Mum, Tiffanie or sister, Nancy other than by video call.
“From the moment we arrived at Bristol Children’s Hospital we knew that Alfie was in the best place to treat his leukaemia. The doctors and nurses were so calm and reassuring in these craziest of times.”
At the end of March, Alfie was well enough to return to his family home in Gloucestershire. The family are now in a 12-week period of strict isolation, they do not leave the house apart from Alfie’s weekly visit to Gloucester Hospital whilst the majority of his chemotherapy treatment is administered by his parents at home.
Despite his long and extreme experience of isolation, Alfie has stayed optimistic and found ways to keep himself entertained during the long, restrictive days, with help from the charities that have supported the family on their journey, including The Grand Appeal.
“I hate to think what would have happened to Alfie and our family without this support and want to help raise money for the Grand Appeal so that they can maintain its level of excellence in these difficult times.”
Now, Alfie and his family want to share Alfie’s Top Isolation Tips with other children across the UK who may be finding isolation difficult.
Alfie’s dad, Steve has signed up to participate in a series of cycling challenges, including our Cyclone 24 Challenge in October which he hopes will still take place once the lockdown has been lifted, so he can raise vital funds to support their efforts. You can support Alfie and Steve by visiting their JustGiving page.
It’s children like Alfie who continue to shine a light on these difficult times. Every one of us is adapting to change and facing our own personal challenges, the confusion and fear we’re all experiencing now is what the patients of the Bristol Children’s Hospital and their families have already been facing for months, if not years. These children still need our help, despite all that is going on in the world.
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