The Bell – a poem written by Jenny Pearson
When we launched our 101 Challenge, we dotted 101 bells across the North East and Cumbria – one to represent every child or young person diagnosed with cancer. As part of the launch, we asked anyone who found one to take a photo and share it on their social media and then re-hide it (not too well) for someone else to find.
As part of this, we were very proud and grateful to be able to share this very special poem about the sounding of the bell at the end of cancer treatment. It was written for us by the lovely Jenny Pearson – local published children’s author and teacher. Jenny did a workshop with some of the young people that have been through, or are currently undergoing treatment for cancer at The Great North Children’s Hospital, and then wrote this poem to help us raise awareness of childhood cancer. We’d like to say a HUGE thank you to the families that helped with this project, and of course the young people who performed and helped to inspire Jenny.