Beatrix ‘Bea’ Anderson-Archbold, a 14-month-old girl from Burnopfield, had the honor of turning on the Christmas lights at Durham County Hall. Bea had been waiting for a heart transplant for 14 months and was kept alive by a Berlin Heart at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle. She finally received a new heart in July, and her parents, Terry Archbold and Cheryl Adamson, expressed their gratitude for the gift of life during this holiday season. Terry, who has been an advocate for organ donation, also shared that they had lost a daughter in 2018 and had donated her organs.
In addition to her miraculous recovery, Bea is also fronting the Rainbow Trust’s No Family Alone Christmas Appeal. The Rainbow Trust provides support workers for families with critically ill children, and Bea’s family has benefited greatly from their services. They believe that the Rainbow Trust played an invaluable role in helping them cope during Bea’s time in the hospital. Bea’s parents expressed their appreciation for the support received from the trust and highlighted the importance of their work in providing families with the help they need.
Bea’s story serves as a reminder of the precious gift of life and the impact organ donation can have. It also sheds light on the vital support provided by organizations like the Rainbow Trust, which offer assistance to families facing challenging circumstances. Bea’s remarkable recovery and involvement in the Christmas appeal exemplify the resilience and strength of individuals and the power of community support during challenging times.