This page is intended to recognise and thank as many
people as we can remember. Please don't be offended
if we have missed you out, just drop us a reminder
and you will be included too - the last few months
have gone very fast and so many people have helped
and shown support that we are bound to forget a few!
For those who are Alex's friends or kids that would
like to show their support, please send a picture to
and I will put it on this page.
My thanks goes out to all those at work who are
tolerating my sudden disappearance and intermittent
visits. I shall ever be in debt to the management of
Omnicom who have eased my stress with their support.
Myddelton Consultancy - Mark, Ben, Helen and
the rest of the crew for being understanding with my
interesting and random working hours.
Abacus Day Nursery
Abacus have helped tremendously. As soon as Alex was
taken into hospital, the Abacus team took on Tom 5
days a week allowing us to look after Alex in
hospital without Tom's routine being even more messed
up. They have also sent cards and a poster painted by
Alex's friends that added cheer to his hospital room.
We have also had visits to the hospital and presents
from some of the staff.
Joan and David (Nanna and Granddad) who have
put up with us running around like blue bottomed
flies for months now. They have also taken in Tom and
the dogs. Numerous small and large jobs and tasks
have been requested from them by us and performed
without question. Too many selfless activities have
been performed by this wonderful couple to mention
but all have been appreciated.
Lesley and Graham (More Nanna and Grandpa) who
took just six hours from my call to them in Spain to
bursting through the doors in St James's in Leeds.
They are in the middle of moving house in Spain and
have dropped everything to offer support, time and
love to all the family. We really appreciate the many
things that they have done without pause.
Uncle Andrew who managed to jump ship in the
middle of the North Sea when he received word about
Alex's diagnosis. Andrew has looked after Tom,
frequently visited us in hospital and shown love and
strength of character whenever needed. He has
travelled from Norwich many times to make sure he is
close to help as often as possible.
Evil Uncle Jonny who wants to be the bad
influence in the lads lives. Jon zoomed up from
London on hearing of Alex's plight and has travelled
up since to amuse the lads. He has also donated a big
wad of cash towards my laptop so I can do some work
from the hospital. I'm currently trying to take him
out of his London burrow and to get a job in Leeds so
we can see him a lot more!
Aunt Sally who also rushed up from London
(during the confusion of organising her wedding) and
as a GP could fill in the blanks when we were
worrying most about Alex's condition.
The Staff at Airedale and St James's
Hospitals. All the staff we have encountered so far
are incredibly knowledgeable, generous with their
time and courteous. Seeing such poorly kids everyday
must be hard on them too but they work hard to make
sure our most precious monsters have the best care
possible. From the domestic staff to the omnipotent
nurses to the consultants, our thanks for their
limitless supply of energy.
Chloe who understands more than most what Alex
is going through and who drew a lovely picture to
brighten up his room. We send you all our love and
are thinking of you.
Rona for the Winnie the Pooh and Spot the Dog
Barbara and family for clothes, biscuits,
Ian for the alcohol and cat.
Jan and Helen for the books. They have been
most welcome in the the early hours when Alex has
been in pain and too weak to move. He'll look at the
pages, point and say "ook!" for what feels like
Nicki and Sally from Abacus for the fish toy
bath play thingy that no bath time can be without
now. We left it at home once and had to find
something similar from the playroom to stop the
Graeme and Liz + Joe for the weeble fire
engine. I did not know you could still buy weeble
stuff; it's kept me amused for ages. Alex can have it
back soon, I promise.
Elsie for the super cuddly teddy bear that
gets most hugs from Kirsten when Alex is feeling
rotten and does not want to be touched.
Jinous for the teddy bear and for taking Tom
out when he was feeling a bit abandoned by his
parents. He's also very proud of his shiny teeth,
Helen and Jon for the stock of food and for
allowing your house to be trashed by Tom on a regular
Ross and Jean for the funny play phone that
Alex likes me to ring Nanna on. Thanks... don't I
look even more of a twit than usual? Plus Tom's
very squirty bath train.
John Ward and the rest of the The Priory,
Bolton Abbey for the unwavering support and prayers.
Geoff Finch for the teddy who has been adopted
as Alex's best friend right away. We hope the traffic
was better on the way back down south.
Clare Walker for coming back from Spain
especially to see Alex. Congratulations on the
engagement - there are men spread over most of the
globe who are gutted you're now off the market.
Tain Free Church for the prayers and toy piano
that must be the first gift that he preferred more
than the wrapping! Normally the toy is put aside
until the paper is shredded but he is loves this
little keyboard. Thank you.
Here are a few of the messages we have received for
From: Belinda Redmond
Date: 10 August 2004 22:44:54 BST
Subject: Big hugs for a brave boy...
Just visited your website and wanted you to know that
we are thinking of you every single day and wishing
you well. Although you're only little and must be
feeling pretty rough right now, you have a wonderful
Mammy and Daddy and big brother to help you through
this hard time. You look gorgeous in the pictures,
the image of Tom!
Get well soon, you have a new friend Jacob who just
can't wait to meet you,
Love to you all,
Belinda, Cormac and big slobbery kisses from Jacob
Subject: Hello from Polly
From: "Sandi Hayhurst"
Date: Mon, August 23, 2004 15:30
This email is sending a big hug from Tom's friend
Polly and her Mummy.
We only just heard that you are in hospital and are
wishing you all the best. Mummy is going to go home
and look at all her crystals to find one to help.
Please give extra big hugs to Mummy and Daddy and let
them know that we would love to help in any way we
can...perhaps even just take Tom down to the park
Subject: Alex - The Great!
From: GEOFF FINCH
Date: Tue, August 24, 2004 7:54
Hi everyone. I really like the website, very
You're right, the pictures don't show somebody who is
really quite ill. As you say, nobody's told him.
I guess that he's about halfway through the programme
now? Have the doctors given any indication of how
things are going?
I know that I'm a long way from you, but if there is
anything I can do please let me know.
Thinking about you all
Best wishes and fingers and toes crossed!
Date: Fri, August 27, 2004 12:43
We all hope you are feeling better. I have an Alex.
He is 17! I'd better introduce myself. I was at
school with your grandma Lesley (she was a really
good girl!). Yes Tim your mum really did go to
school. Any secrets I shall expect a bribe! Back to
Alex, please get well soon.
Love from Gillian, Bernard and big Alexander.
Subject: Hello from Sean and Stefanie
From: "Debbie Millard"
Date: Tue, August 31, 2004 13:01
I didn't realise Alex was ill (we've been away). Just
wanted to say we're thinking about you at this
difficult time and all our best wishes to Alex for a
speedy recovery and to the rest of you.
Hope to see you soon when Alex is hopefully on the
road to recovery.
Debbie Joachim Sean and Stefanie (from Abacus
Subject: Hello alex
Date: Fri, September 3, 2004 17:57
Hello alex,mum,dad.and thomas
just wanted to send an email sending you my love and
best wishes and to say i cant wait to see alex back
at abacus he is a lovely little boy and has a great
big brother too.
hope everything is going ok at the moment. have been
keeping up to date with his website
anyway love to you all
cheryl(abacus staff member)
Subject: Love from Australia
From: "Dawes, Kerry"
Date: Wed, September 8, 2004 2:57
I've just been looking at your web site and you have
been having a very rough time lately. Hope you are
over the worst of it and start to feel better soon.
Please give my love to Mum, Dad, Tom and all the
Grandparents. You are blessed to be born into such a
wonderful, caring and supportive family.
We all hope you start to feel better soon and that
the worst is behind you.
Lots of Love
Subject: Greetings from America!
Date: Fri, September 10, 2004 15:05
Hello Alex this is Jill a friend of Nanna Joan I do
hope that you are feeling better today.
we were so sorry to hear about your illness and are
saying our prayers and sending good thoughts to you
across the ocean.
WE all send our love
Jill Dave Craig Melanie(in Colorado) ( Samantha Chris
Jack & Maggie in Charlotte North Carolina)
From: "Proser 2000 Vera"
Date: Wed, 8 Sep 2004 17:44:20 +0200
Lo siento mucho todo lo que os est pasando a ti y a
tu familia, he visitado la pagina web, aunque no he
entendido mucho, pero cuando tenga tiempo la voy a
traducir, porque es un nio precioso, y no es justo
que eso le pueda pasar a alguien tan indefenso.
No te preocupes por nosotras, tu tomate tu tiempo con
tu familia all y no te preocupes por nada, si
necesitas algo no dudes en pedirmelo, aqui estamos
para ayudarte. Mandale un beso muy grande a ese nio
tan guapo y tan rubio, y por supuesto dales un abrazo
a los padres y para ti y tu marido otro tambien. Ser
Si tengo que hacer algo para la pagina web me lo
decis y lo hago, y si por ver la pagina web os dan
dinero no dudes en decirmelo y a todos mis amigos les
dir que entren para que podais conseguir mas dinero.
Un beso muy grande para todos.
Subject: Hello from Vietnam
From: "Steve Hewitt"
Date: Sun, September 19, 2004 10:23
David passed on the website details and we have taken
You seem to have all really been through the wringer
Just wanted to say we are thinking about you and know
what you are going through.
Chloe and I go off to Singapore on Mon 20th for round
7 chemo. Steve will come down on Friday untill
Chloe will be an inpatient for about 4 days them back
to a serviced apartment. We have to attend most days
for GCSF (white cell booster) and chemo mondays.
If Chloes bloods are good enough she can have the
Vincristin, if not we have to wait for them to come
back up again. Last round all went to plan, fingers
crossed for same this time.
Shirley Steve and Chloe