Always remembering


Beautiful and brave Ben was a ‘cheeky chappy’ making all those around him smile. Ben passed away at the tender age of 22 months old after a nine-month battle with neuroblastoma.

Ben’s story  

Ben Thomas Lee was born on 28th September 2009. He weighed a healthy 9 lb 7 oz and immediately acquired the nickname Big Ben! He gave his first smile at four weeks old and people never failed to comment upon what an ‘easy’ baby he was to his mum, Helen. Helen and dad, Steven, felt their little family was complete with two strapping boys. 

In late November 2010, when Ben was 14 months old, he became irritable, began sleeping badly and had a poor appetite. His parents noticed that he appeared to have two very faint black eyes. They put this down to teething, a bump on the nose and the fact that his big brother, Max, had tonsillitis. A quick trip to the doctors and a course of antibiotics was prescribed for what appeared to be an ear, nose and throat infection. 

However, Ben’s condition deteriorated, and the GP immediately referred him to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead. Ben was tested and just about to be discharged when the consultant decided to examine Ben’s abdomen, discovering an enlarged liver.  

Ben was diagnosed with neuroblastoma and his parents were told that he had a 50% chance of survival. At diagnosis, Ben's tumour measured 11cm. The consultant explained how aggressive the cancer was and how the treatment had to be aggressive too. Ben immediately received a blood and platelet transfusion as well as extensive tests. 

Brave Ben went through more than 15 blood and platelet transfusions, a five-hour surgery to remove the primary tumour, had another stay in Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, four days of stem cell harvesting and stem cell reinfusion. He was given 70 days of intensive chemotherapy and had extensive and regular invasive tests—during one test, Ben’s lungs collapsed in theatre, and he ended up in Paediatric Intensive Care Unit. 

During the first day of high-dose chemotherapy, Ben began having some very high temperatures. After an ultrasound, it was confirmed that Ben had relapsed. Ben left hospital on 26th June but went back every day the following week for various tests. Ben’s bone marrow test seemed to show both solid and liquid samples were free of cancer. The tests suggested that there was no detectable disease other than tumour recurrence at the primary site.  

The family hoped that Ben could receive immunotherapy treatment after further radiotherapy but were dealt the devastating news that Ben’s cancer had progressed to a terminal stage. 

On 1st July 2011, Ben went home to be surrounded by love and to spend time with his family. His doctors did not think he would live for more than a day or two, but with the help of big brother Max, Big Ben battled on for 6 more weeks. During this time, Ben, Max, Helen and Steven spent every minute they could together as a family. 

Ben Lee passed away on 8th August 2011. 

"We went to the zoo to meet the elephants, to Center Parcs, to the beach, the park and we created some very special family memories. Our beautiful, brave little man lost his nine-month battle with Neuroblastoma on 8th August 2011 at the tender age of 22 months. We miss Ben every second of every day. We will continue to raise funds in memory of our precious son. We hope more than anything else in the world that Ben’s memory will live on in those who met him or were touched by his incredible spirit and light."

Ben’s mum, Helen

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Funds raised in loving memory of Ben will be used to support other children like Ben and their families through Solving Kids' Cancer UK's activities. Any funds raised through a previous fundraising campaign for access to treatment which were not spent on the child's treatment and pastoral needs are used to support other children and families through Solving Kids' Cancer UK's activities.

Donations and comments

Anya Wright£20.00

Donated on: 28th November 2023


Donated on: 20th November 2023

Donation in memory of Ben. With grateful thanks to Ann and Margaret xx

Patricia Lee£50.00

Donated on: 28th October 2023

In memory of Ben. With grateful thanks to L. Eccles for generous donation.

Patricia Lee£75.00

Donated on: 28th September 2023

Nana's jam sales. Remembering our beautiful grandson Ben on his 14th birthday today xxxxx

Patricia Lee£50.00

Donated on: 9th September 2023

Nana's jam sales

Patricia Lee£20.00

Donated on: 31st August 2023

Kindly donated by Pat C in memory of Ben


Donated on: 8th August 2023

Patricia Lee£120.00

Donated on: 17th July 2023

With much love from Nana xxxxxx

Patricia Lee£100.00

Donated on: 5th July 2023

Nana's jam sales xxx

Patricia Lee£70.00

Donated on: 30th June 2023

Kindly donated by Pat C in memory of Ben

Patricia Lee£51.00

Donated on: 15th May 2023

Nana's jam sales. xxxxxx

Patricia Lee£20.40

Donated on: 3rd April 2023

Patricia Lee£51.00

Donated on: 10th March 2023

Marmalade sales. Much love from Nana xxxxxxxx

Patricia Lee£220.00

Donated on: 22nd December 2022

From Nana's jam sales. Always in our thoughts and hearts Ben xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Patricia Lee£115.00

Donated on: 22nd December 2022

Jam sales, plus donations from Raffle and in lieu of Christmas Cards, with grateful thanks to staff at Whitley Bay Health Centre xxx

Patricia Lee£20.00

Donated on: 21st December 2022

In memory of Ben. With love from Pat C x


Donated on: 22nd November 2022

In memory of Ben. Grateful thanks to Ann C. xx


Donated on: 4th November 2022

More of Nana's jam sales in Houghton/Foxton Avenue. Many thanks to all who contributed xx


Donated on: 17th October 2022

Remembering Ben. With love from Pat Chappell x


Donated on: 10th October 2022

From Nana's jam sales. With grateful thanks to neighbours for their support and generosity xx


Donated on: 21st September 2022


Donated on: 16th September 2022

Donation from staff at Whitley Bay Health Centre. Special thanks to Lynne D and all who donated.


Donated on: 2nd September 2022

From Nana's jam sales. With much love xxxxxxxx


Donated on: 8th August 2022

In memory of our much loved and greatly missed Grandson, Ben Thomas Lee. Treasured memories always. Nana, Grandad and Uncle John xxxxxxxx


Donated on: 8th August 2022


Donated on: 2nd July 2022

From Nana's jam sales, with lots of love xxxxxxx


Donated on: 20th June 2022

With love from the Davidsons in memory of Ben xx


Donated on: 1st June 2022

From Nana's jam sales. With lots of love xxxxxxxxxxx

Patricia Lee£20.00

Donated on: 25th April 2022

In memory of Ben. With love from Pat Chappell x

Patricia Lee£61.20

Donated on: 10th March 2022

Nana's Jam Sales. With much love xxxxxxxxxx