Brave Bradley ‘feeling a lot better now’

Bradley Doyle
Bradley Doyle

A BRAVE schoolboy battling cancer has received some good news from medics after more than three months of gruelling treatment.

As previously reported in the Mail, 12-year-old Bradley Doyle had his life turned upside down at the turn of the year after being diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma, a rare form of cancer which had actually burst through his stomach.

Bradley, a student at Catcote School Business and Enterprise College, has since faced numerous courses of intense chemotherapy and hasn’t been able to leave his hospital bed.

But Bradley and his loving family finally have something to smile about after medics told him they think they have managed to clear the cancer.

It is far from receiving the all-clear as Bradley will still have an extensive spell in hospital ahead of him to check the cancer doesn’t return, but it is the news the youngster and his mum, Carole Barclay, 37, have been dreaming of hearing.

And just hours before he was due to start his final course of chemotherapy, brave Bradley told the Mail: “I’m feeling a lot better now, it felt brilliant when they told me the treatment is working.”

Carole, who is also mum of Sophie, 19, Michael, 17, 15-year-old Tony and Callum, 13, added: “Obviously it’s a huge relief for us to finally get some good news.

“Bradley is still going to be in hospital for at least a couple of weeks but medics told us they think everything is cleared.”

Carole, who is unemployed and lives with her family in the town centre of Hartlepool, has been spending five nights a week at Bradley’s bedside.

In an added boost for Bradley and his family, people in the town organised fundraisers to show their support.

Bradley’s former dinner lady at Jesmond Gardens Primary School, Sandra Marsden, and her sister, Anne Denton, organised a fundraiser in Anne’s house in Granville Avenue at the weekend.

Residents enjoyed raffles, a tombola, bric-a-brac and face painting and raised a hugely impressive £726.

Sandra, 55, a mum-of-four who lives in North Drive, Hartlepool, with husband Phil, 54, a mechanical fitter, said: “It was great, we are absolutely over the moon.

“So many people turned up on the day, people who we don’t even know were even posting donations.”

A hugely grateful Carole added: “We want to thank everyone, it’s unbelievable how many people have supported Bradley.

“We are so grateful, absolutely over the moon.”