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Winter 2013/2014

Issue 6

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3D snowflak e A magazine for 7 to 13-year-olds who have, or have had, cancer

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Until next time! Alisha Shout Out! is now online If you’d like to read older issues of Shout Out!, you’ll find them on our website at


Thank you! A huge Shout Out! thank you to everyone in the hospital school at Newcastle Children’s Hospital for your fantastic contributions to this issue. And a big thanks to your teachers for organising and sending everything to us too.

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? w o n k Butterflies taste with their feet You can use pinecones to forecast the weather (the scales close when rain is on the way)

Fleas can jump up to 200 times their height (that’s equivalent to you jumping over the Empire State Building in New York!)

Cats are the only mammals that can’t taste sweetness

Try this! Magic coin ccHold your hand with the palm upwards then fold your thumb and fingers so that only your index finger is sticking out. ccBalance a playing card over your finger then place a coin on the card over the tip of your finger. Flick the card away and, hey presto, the coin will stay on your finger!

It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open

Loopy paper loops ccCut a strip of paper 2.5-5 centimetres wide from a newspaper or a large sheet of paper. ccTwist one end of the strip once, then glue or tape the ends together. ccCut all the way along the middle of the loop and you should end up with one big loop. ccNow see what happens if you twist the loop twice before you stick it!


s w e i v e r r u Yo Book reviews I read… The Lottie Project by Jacqueline Wilson Sophie, 11, Shildon This book is about a girl called Charlotte but she gets called Charlie. She is learning about the Victorians and she thinks it’s going to be boring. But then she sees a photo of a girl who looks exactly like her so she decides to write a diary about her – she is a nursery maid. I think this book is really good because it makes you feel you are actually in the book.

I read… Wicked! by Paul Jennings



Send us a review

Tell us about your favo urite book, film, game or show an d why you liked it. Write your full name, date of birth and postcode on the back and send it in th e Freepost envelope provided – do n’t forget to tell us how m any stars (out of five) you give it! Or you can email your review to us at shoutout@clicsargent

Intan, 11, Colchester Wicked is a book both heart-warming and scary. It is about a girl called Dawn whose mother died and a boy called Rory whose mother and father got divorced. Rory’s mum (Eileen) and Dawn’s father (Jack) then wanted to get married but Rory and Dawn aren’t happy with it. Therefore Rory puts maggots in Jack and Eileen’s wedding soup! But soon the two children find out that those maggots were actually bone-sucking slobberers. This book is very adventurous and sometimes I can’t get to sleep and other times I cry my eyes out! It’s wild! It’s wacky! It’s wicked!

I read… Billionaire Boy by David Walliams Nathan, 13, Barnsley You know the saying “Money can’t buy you everything”? Well, that’s true of Joe Spud, son of the owner and creator of Bumfresh toilet tissue. The only thing he can’t buy is a friend. He asks his dad if he could go to a normal school. He keeps his millions a secret but it doesn’t last long. Bumfresh invents some new toilet rolls that turn people’s bums purple (including the Queen’s). So in the end they lose all their money but are much happier with real friends.


Calling all bookworms! If you love books, you may like to get involved in Readathon. You can read something you enjoy – it could be a book, comic, poetry or something else – and ask people to sponsor you. Or perhaps your school would like to do their own Readathon. To find out more visit www.clicsargent.

Showing at a cinema near you! Frozen, PG Fearless Anna sets off on an epic journey with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his trusty reindeer Sven to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in a never-ending winter.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug New dangers lie ahead for the dwarves, hobbit Bilbo Baggins and wizard Gandalf as they continue their quest to seize their treasure back from the terrifying dragon, Smaug.

Game review I played... FIFA 14 Lewis, 12, Sunderland A new feature of the game is retro kits. When in ‘kick off’ mode certain teams, such as Chelsea, Arsenal and Newcastle, can all be played in their retro kits. The ultimate team cards in this year’s game are shaped as shields, which show when your squad enters an online season or tournament. The cards represent a battle! They have obviously thought about the music that plays when you enter the home screen. It’s more modern and lively whereas FIFA 13’s music was slow and depressing. The graphics are absolutely excellent but the facial features lack in detail. The new scouting network in ‘career’ mode means your youth squad will be bursting with fresh legs, energy and talent for the years to come!

Film review I saw... Mamma Mia, PG Sophie, 11, Shildon I saw Mamma Mia with my Mum, Dad and brother. This film is in Greece and there is a woman called Sophie who is getting married and she invites three men who could be her dad. I think this film is really good because it is really funny and it is set in the place where I used to go on holiday.


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In this issue al CLIC Sargent Soci ol Worker Lesley Nic answers questions about schoolwork and school friends.

Q. Will a home tutor help me carry on with my schoolwork? A: If you aren’t in hospital, but not well

enough to go to school, your school may arrange for a teacher to give you lessons at home. These teachers are called ‘home tutors’ and they will help to make sure you can carry on with your schoolwork. Your home tutor will understand how you are feeling and will only encourage you to do as little or as much work as you can manage.


Q. I feel a bit nervous about seeing all my classmates again. What can I do to prepare myself for the return back to school? A: It’s okay to feel a bit nervous

about going back to school and seeing everyone again. Most people do! It would be a good idea for you and your parent or carer to talk to your CLIC Sargent Social Worker or Nurse about it so they can help you find the best ways to handle going back to school – they may also be able to go and talk to your class about cancer before you go back.

Q. How can I carry on doing homework and schoolwork when I am in hospital for a long time?

A: In hospital there will be teachers or

learning mentors who will talk to your school teachers and ask them what work you have been doing. They can then give you similar work to do. There may also be a hospital schoolroom you can go to if you feel up to it. Your school may have some websites they can tell you about where you can learn onli ne as well. It’s important to have a go at doing some work while you are away from school, even if it’s just a little bit on the days you feel up to it. This will help you to keep up to date. Another plus is that it’s something you can talk to your friends about.

Q. I’m going back to school soon. What can my school do to help me settle back into school life? A: Your teachers will have a meeting

with your parent or carer before you go back. If you would like to go too, speak to your parent or carer. Tell your teachers (or ask your parent or carer to tell them) if there is anything you need help with or are worried about. There are lots of ways your school can make going back easier for you. If you are feeling tired you could go back for just a few lessons a week to begin with. Or perhaps you could have someone with you in lessons to help you. There are other ways your school can help too, so don’t be afraid to ask.

Read how Isabel kept up with her classmates and schoolwork on p14



Next issue we’ll be looking at hospital life, treatment and after care. If you have any questions for our expert about life in hospital, or about treatment and its side effects, email us at Or send us your questions in the Freepost envelope provided. Don’t forget to include your full name, date of birth and postcode with your questions.

For more tips on how to keep up with school friends and sc hoolwork visit our website at www.clic with your parent or carer. The ‘For children’ section has useful in fo about going back to school and how to talk your friends and classmates abou t your cancer.


Inter view with

Lucy Spraggan Are your songs based on your The X Factor singer Lucy recently own experiences? released her first chart-topping album ‘Join the Club’. She tells Shout Yes, they are. I think it’s important to share your experiences as an artist, I want my Out! what inspires her songs and fans to know who I am. I write my own reveals her favourite X Factor judge. songs about things I’ve seen or felt. When did you start singing and who inspired you to start? I started playing guitar when I was 10. I loved any music that told a story. I found it inspiring that words could create such a clear image in your head.

What do you enjoy most about singing? I enjoy the performance aspect the most, telling a story is what I do at my shows. Being able to have people relate to what you are saying is great.

We’re proud to announce that, on 11 December, Lucy will be joining a star line-up at our CLIC Sargent Christmas Celebration at the Royal Albert Hall in London.


Your Who’s your fave celeb?

What questions would you like to ask your favourite sin ger, actor or sports persona lity? Drop us a line using the Free post envelope provided or email us at shoutout@clicsarge Remember to include your full name, date of birth an d postcode.


Who was your favourite X Factor judge? Tulisa, she is such a lovely girl. She made sure I got to perform the things I wanted to and stuck by me.

If you could duet with any artist who would it be? I’d love to work with Professor Green, he’s an amazing performer and I’m a big fan.

Do you get nervous performing live? It depends where I’m playing. At my own shows I just get super excited. Festivals are sometimes quite nerve-wracking.



Well done Cleo for writing this fantastic short story called Winter Wonderland. We hope you enjoy reading this as much as we did!

Winter Wonderland A long time ago in Winter Wonderland everything was peaceful and covered in snow. The whole land was like a magical maze of fluffy, white clouds. On the top of a hill was a lonely snowman. The snowman had a black top hat, a long stripy scarf and buttons with a woollen cardi. Mr Snowman was lonely because his family left him all alone. A little girl was wandering around Winter Wonderland and Mr Snowman watched her and wondered why she was crying. The little girl looked really ill and freezing cold; this made Mr Snowman really anxious about her. The little girl looked at Mr Snowman and saw a slight movement, so she walked up to him and she stared hard and there was another movement. “I know this sounds silly, but did I see you move?” said Eva Lilly. The snowman replied “You’re not silly, I’m alive!” “Okay, if you are a real snowman, will you help me find my way home?” The snowman knew she wouldn’t believe him, but he wanted to help anyway but he wondered if he would get too attached to her like he did with his family. So they started to go on their journey to find Eva’s home. Mr Snowman did not want to worry Eva that he was now lost but he did not give up hope. “Do you recognise any of these surroundings?” asked Mr Snowman. “Sorry, no” replied Eva, still puzzled by a snowman who could talk. As they walked together Mr Snowman started to feel quite emotional about the story of Eva’s life, he had never met a girl so inspirational as her and started to feel part of her family.



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Send us your poems an d stories – see p11 for details.

At the end of the day they still could not find Eva’s house but Mr Snowman told her to go to sleep and said “It’s Christmas Eve tomorrow, this is the time when dreams come true!” He knew she was freezing so he gave her his cardi. All night Mr Snowman watched over Eva to make sure nothing happened to her. It was a misty, snowy Christmas Eve when Eva woke up and saw Mr Snowman taking care of her. Up ahead she saw the two trees which looked like a love heart which were in front of her little house! It took them all day to walk to the trees and when they arrived they saw the shadow of her small cabin which she loved with just enough room for her and her Mum. Suddenly there was a SWOOSH in the sky with jingle bells and Eva thought it was too good to be true. Mr Snowman said “It’s real, he’s really here you know, Santa.” Her Mum heard a noise and came rushing outside and she thanked Mr Snowman for helping her daughter. She was a bit puzzled that he could talk but she knew this was real. Eva’s Mum took her inside to get wrapped up warm. Mr Snowman walked away slowly and had a tear in his eye. He knew it was his time to go. “STOP!” shouted Eva, and said “You are a part of my family so you have to come and live in my garden with me.” So everyone was happy, Mr Snowman was happy because he had a family. Eva was happy because she was with her Mum, and her Mum was happy because she found Eva.

The End


Get crafty – and the winner is… Well done to Ghezalla (opposite) who made this super-cute Minnie Mouse pop-up card (love the matching onesie too!). Congratulations Ghezalla, your £10 Amazon voucher is winging its way to you.

We also loved... And check out 13-year-old Charlotte’s pop-up chicken card. We loved this one too!


Shout! Win a £10 voucher

Send us your poems, stories and drawings, or a photo of you with your snowflake, and you could win a £10 Amazon voucher! Just use the Freepost envelope provided or email us at The winning entry will appear in the next issue of Shout Out! Don’t forget to include your full name, date of birth and postcode.


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Draw five circles roughly 10 centimetres across on the paper (you could draw round a mug or a large glass).

Cut the circles out and fold them all in half.

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These pretty snowflakes make great festive decorations.

Glue all the circles back to back.

Fold them all together so you have a semi-circle shape.

5 Cut icy shapes into your semi-circle (you can draw these on first if that’s easier).

6 Unfold to reveal a beautiful 3D snowflake!

7 Stick on a piece of string to hang up your snowflake if you like.

Send us a photo of yourself with your snowflake for a chance to win a £10 Amazon voucher – turn to p11 for details.


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Ready, steady… text! We’re excited to announce that this year ITV’s Text Santa Appeal is backing six UK charities – including CLIC Sargent! Join us for a magical night of family entertainment at 8pm on Friday 20 December. Tune in to ITV and watch the fun with your family and friends at home or in hospital.

Text Santa ® © ITV Studios, 2013. All rights reserved.

s e i r o st r u o Y Isabel, 8, from Frome, talks about how she managed to keep up to date with her schoolwork while she was having treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL).

I stayed off school for quite a long time to begin with. My mum and dad used to go to my school and ask if they could get some work for me then come back with packs of work.

My teacher got everyone to sign a big card and sent it to me in hospital. She used to leave me little notes in my work as well.

For a while I was in a hospital room on my own. I used to get bored but I didn’t want to just play, so the teacher from the school hospital used to come and do work with me. Sometimes it was really fun. Or, if she was busy, my mum would do work with me instead.

When I was allowed out of my room I used to go to the hospital

When my hair started to come out people used to stare at me and whisper. My CLIC Sargent Nurse went and talked to everyone and then they understood what I had been through.

My friends stuck up for me too. Now if people stare I just ignore them and pretend they’re not there.

My story Declan, 13, from Newcastle In September 2012 I was diagnosed with leukaemia. Before I was diagnosed I never knew a single thing about cancer.

school. It was quite small but really good. Sometimes there would just be two people in there and sometimes there were lots. It depended how many children were in hospital and how many were allowed out of their rooms.

At first I was terrified but now I have overcome that fear and I’m sailing through treatment. If anybody reading this is newly diagnosed, don’t worry – you’ll get used to it. There is always lots of support from nurses, teachers, CLIC Sargent, parents and new friends I have met during treatment.

When I went back to school

I have had lots of side effects but it has made me a stronger person who wants to help people around me.

I would just try to stay as long as I could. Some days were really good but sometimes I would have a bit of


a sad day and feel really tired. In the end I got to the point where I could go in every day till the end of school.


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Keep Smiling

Thanks to everyone who sent in poems. There isn’t room to print them all but here’s a selection of your brilliant work.

By Intan, 11, Colchester Keep on smiling Everything will be alright Eating and keeping healthy Plus having dreamy goodnights Sun is shining on my face My smile will forever be embraced I will never ever forget that Life is full of smiles If you and me can always smile Nothing worth more than one little smile Going through your face every once in a while.

Sunshine By Hollie, 8, Harwich Lay in the sunshine before the rain Or try it all again Very cute and a cuddle is all I’ll ever be but Every time I’ll always be me.



Send us your poems and stories for a chance to win a £10 Amazon voucher – turn to p11 for details.



gallery You sent us loads of beautiful drawings and paintings since the last issue – here are just some of your wonderful works of art.


Ruby, 9, Middlesbrough


Amelia, 8, Durham


Ghezalla, 10, Welling


Emma, 9, Middlesbrough



Aasia, 10, Bradford


Samantha, 10, Carlisle

Best friends

Heather, 10, Sunderland


Ellie, 9, Redcar


Vienna, 10, Darlington



My Little Pony Jessica, 10

Send us your painting s and drawings for a chance to win a £10 Amazon vouc her – turn to p11 for deta ils.



corner Beth, 6, from Sunderland Toby is very funny. He is a six-month-old chocolate Labrador Retriever. If Toby sees food on the ground there is no way he will stay on his lead. Once my Mum had to pretend she had something for him to get him to come back. Toby was not happy when he realised there was nothing in her hand. Once he ate crayons and then elastic bands. I love Toby, but he is a bit naughty!

Benjamin, 9, from Stockton-on-Tees I’ve got a hamster called Nibbles. She is small, cute, adventurous and very funny. The reason I put adventurous is because she ran upstairs into my sister’s bedroom then into the ceiling and we found her in the garage. Once she was in the food cupboard nibbling away at her food!

Megan, 13, from Alness My dog is called Lexi Younger dogs love her Doing things she likes Over the moon she goes Gosh she loves going for walks.



Tell us about your hobbies or send us your favourite pet photos and stories in the Freepost envelope provided, or email Don’t forget to include your full name, date of birth and postcode.



hobbies Isabella, 8, from Manchester I like swimming but I couldn’t go when I had cancer. I missed it because it was my best sport ever. Sometimes I go with my Mum or Dad to swimming now my cancer has gone away.



Q: Why did the penguin dive in the water? A: Because he couldn’t fly Isabella, 8, Manchester

Q: There’s a car and a traffic light. The traffic light is red and the car stops. What does the traffic light say to the car? A: Stop looking, I’m changing

Q: What do you call a donkey on three legs? A: A wonkey! Ruby, 7, Middlesbrough

Ghezalla, 10, Welling

Q: Why did the cow cross the road? A: To go to the moooovies!

Ruby, 7, Middlesbrough


Find out more... CLIC Sargent – Your CLIC Sargent care team will be able to help with questions or concerns and can give you information about childhood cancer. This could be for you, your family, friends or teachers. You can also call CLIC Sargent on 0300 330 0803 or email CLIC Sargent also has available a number of storybooks written especially for children to help them understand what cancer is and the treatment it involves. The storybooks include:

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Mary has a brain tumour Joe has leukaemia Lucy has a tumour Tom has lymphoma Chemotherapy, cakes and cancer

You can read the storybook on your own, or with the help of your parents, older siblings, grandparents and anybody else who looks after you. You can get a copy from your CLIC Sargent care team, or ask an adult to download or order a copy from our website

ChildLine – You can call ChildLine on 0800 11 11 or contact them online at if you would like to chat to somebody privately about anything that may be worrying you.

Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group – You can download lots of useful publications about cancer and treatment from their website, including many that have been written especially for children. Otherwise, you could order them through the CLIC Sargent website, or ask your care team for copies.

Bullying UK – Bullying UK can be contacted by anybody needing information or advice about bullying in school. Call their helpline free on 0808 800 2222 or visit their website for more information. Make sure you ask an adult before using the telephone or computer!

Shout Out! is CLIC Sargent’s magazine for 7 to 13-year-olds. If you have any questions about the magazine check with your parent or carer if they are happy for you to call us on 0300 330 0803 and then ask to speak to the Information Manager. Please note that everyone’s experience will be different and may not follow the order outlined in this publication, and that services will differ across the UK. CLIC Sargent cannot accept any responsibility for information and services provided by third parties, including those referred to or signposted to in this publication. While we take every care to ensure that the information provided is accurate and up-to-date at time of printing, CLIC Sargent cannot accept liability for any loss or damage resulting from any inaccuracy or omission in this publication. Information should not be relied on in place of appropriate professional or other advice specific to your circumstances. REF: SO01_13266. Issue 6, Winter 2013/2014. Next issue: Spring 2014 Registered charity number 1107328 and registered in Scotland (SC039857)

Shout Out! - Winter 2013/2014 - Issue 6  

In this issue we talk about keeping up with schoolwork, staying in touch with friends and also how to handle going back to school. We also t...

Shout Out! - Winter 2013/2014 - Issue 6  

In this issue we talk about keeping up with schoolwork, staying in touch with friends and also how to handle going back to school. We also t...