Billy’s birthday joy with all clear from cancer

Julie Wagland and her son Billy with the bus that will take him to his birthday party in Chesterfield after he was given the all clear from Leukaemia
Julie Wagland and her son Billy with the bus that will take him to his birthday party in Chesterfield after he was given the all clear from Leukaemia
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Brave little Billy Jones has not had a happy birthday since he was diagnosed with cancer at just eight months.

But that all changed when the Sheffield tot celebrated turning three and receiving the all-clear with a very special celebration.

The youngster turned one while being treated for leukaemia and was so poorly he almost died weeks before his second birthday.

So when tests confirmed the plucky toddler was on the road to recovery last month, Julie Wagland was determined to give the toddler the treat he deserved.

Julie said: “He was in hospital for his first birthday receiving intense chemotherapy then I took him to Blackpool for his second birthday and he ended up sick in hospital.

“A few weeks ago Billy completed his treatment and is now in full remission, he has got the all clear at long last.”

With money tight the single mum turned to charity Ella’s Trust, who helped provide a party venue in Sheepsbridge, Chesterfield.

But with the destination miles away from their home in Low Edges, she sent out a plea to South Yorkshire Transport Museum and they agreed to transport bus-mad Billy and his pals from Little Green House Nursery to the bash on a retro double decker.

Social worker Julie said: “I was trying to make his birthday very special but due to lack of finances I was struggling, then I got a grant. Billy is obsessed with buses and double deckers.

“He was so excited.”

As a way of thanking those who are making Billy’s birthday so special, Julie asked for party guests to bring donations to Sheffield’s Parents’ Association of Children with Tumours and Leukaemia instead of gifts.

And mum and son paid a visit to the museum in Waddington Way, Rotherham ahead of the occasion to thank the team.

Julie added: “This help is truly appreciated and has helped enormously.”

Douglas Miller, chairman of South Yorkshire Transport Museum, said: “We had a message from Julie and discussed it at our meeting.

“We felt it was a very deserving cause and we were glad to help. Hopefully this will really cheer the little boy up.”