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How Lego's making cancer treatment less scary

Sarah Stead, Reece Holt and Legoland master builder Alex Bidolak Photo: Clatterbridge Cancer Centre

It's the type of toy that can keep youngsters happy for ours.

But now Lego is playing an extra special role in helping children at a hospital in Merseyside.

For the bricks have been used to build a model of a radiography machine to help explain to young cancer patients how radiotherapy works.

Radiographer Sarah Stead, at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, Wirral, originally built a basic model herself.

Then 10 year old Reece Holt, from Morecambe, who was treated with radiotherapy for a brain tumour, decided to make his own model of the machine.

He donated it to the centre to help other young patients.

It was such a success the centre then asked Legoland Discovery Centre, Manchester, if they could help build an even bigger version and staff were delighted when they agreed.

Reece has now accepted the new model on behalf of the hospital.

"Children are vulnerable and a visit to a new hospital can be a daunting experience.

"I focus a lot of the time on play, as it helps children to understand, make friends and develop relationships but more importantly to have fun.

"I spend time with each child in the radiotherapy machine room explaining how the machine works but unfortunately time is limited. I can use the LEGO® model to explain how the machine will move in more depth and answer any of their questions.”

– Sarah Stead, Paediatric Specialist Radiographer

"I thought if another child was scared of the machine, they could play with it first so it didn't seem so scary when they had treatment."

– Reece Holt, 10