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Young Patients Become Cartoon Characters Help Others Through Treatment

Children who have received radiotherapy at Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre have taken part in an Aardman animation to show others what it is like to have the treatment.

Four children from the West Country and two from the Midlands have had their voices recorded and given to animated characters that feature in the short information film called One of a Kind!

The film was directed by Aardman and ArthurCox director Emma Lazenby. Emmas other credits include lead designer on childrens TV programme Charlie and Lola and director of the 2010 BAFTA award winning animated short film Mother of Many.

The animation was the brainchild of Jancis Kinsman, Advanced Practice Therapy Radiographer at Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, part of University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust.

Jancis says:

I felt that a short animated film with characters that young children could identify with would be the best way to communicate to them what it is like to have radiotherapy.

This film will be a valuable tool for preparing children and their families for radiotherapy and will compliment the wonderful work already done by specialist paediatric radiographers, oncologists and play specialists around the country. Aardman

I would like to thank all of the charities that have donated funds so that this could be possible, the children and their families for taking part and Aardman for doing such a fantastic job. The animation is amazing and exceeds all of my expectations.

Cameron Short, aged 11 from Shirehampton, Bristol, who received radiotherapy at the hospital to treat a brain tumour, says:

It was really good fun to be part of the film. I really hope it helps other children who need radiotherapy.

The film will be used immediately in the hospitals that have supported the project and will be made available to all hospitals across the UK.

Special thanks go to:

The children and their families

The hospital trusts for their input and support:
University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
Leeds Teaching Hospitals
Velindre NHS Trust
Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust
Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust

The charities that funded the film:
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity
The Friends of Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre
Birmingham Childrens Hospital Charities
Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Charitable Funds
Above and Beyond
Velindre Cancer Centre Fundraising
Candlelighters Trust
Paim Brown Ward Charity Fund

The team who made the film:
Emma Lazenby (Director), Dave Ingham (Writer), Steph Owen and Laura Pepper (Producer) and all at Aardman.