A 12-year-old girl from Seaford has spoken about her battle with cancer as part of a new video campaign.

Bella Scriven was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2012 while on holiday with her family in Tenerife.

She underwent treatment for the disease, completing the final round of it three years ago.

Bella has now appeared in a video with her father Andy, released by Cancer Research UK to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

The charity said there are around 540 cancer deaths among young people every year across the country.

The campaign features four children, including Bella, being interviewed about cancer and the treatment they went through.

These interviews were then played back to their parents, to show how their children really felt and what their parents meant to them during their treatment.

Andy told More Radio it was ‘terrifying’ to see his daughter battling the disease.

He said:

“We started treatment in Bristol, because that was the only bed available.

“They gave her 28 days’ worth of drugs, and that was when her hair started to fall out; I think Bella was convinced it was us that was pulling it out.

“You hope that your child doesn’t go through a physical change, but because of the nature of the treatment and the drugs there’s a very obvious change in their appearance.

“When you see that happening to your child, it’s the most horrible thing in the world.”

Andy has praised the work of the doctors who treated Bella, and the charities who offered their support.

He has urged the public to support fundraising efforts to find better and kinder treatments for children and young people battling cancer.

Dr Aine McCarthy, senior science information officer at Cancer Research UK, said:

“Each year, around 4,200 young people are diagnosed with cancer in the UK, and the strength that they and their families show under very difficult circumstances is inspirational.

“The good news is that today, more children like Izzy, Bella, Nengi and Rhys are surviving than ever before, and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of this progress.

“But there is still more to be done to bring forward the day when every child survives cancer.”

More information about the campaign, and Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, can be found at the Cancer Research UK website.