Mum who lost son to cancer slams Coronation Street critics over Christmas storyline

Dawn Allen, with son Henry.
Dawn Allen, with son Henry.

A mum whose son died from a rare form of child cancer has hit out at critics who say a soap storyline about the disease will “spoil” their Christmas.

Dawn Allen lost her little boy Henry to Stage 4 neuroblastoma in October 2013 when he was just four years old.

Last week, Coronation Street boss Stuart Blackburn revealed that Fiz and Tyrone’s daughter Hope will be diagnosed with a life-threatening illness over the festive period.

But as the soap spoiler was announced, Dawn says she was “shocked” to see negative comments against the storyline.

“I was in floods of tears,” said Dawn.

“I found it deeply upsetting that people did not want their Christmas to be spoiled by watching something so sad, but unfortunately this is real life.

“Henry was so poorly during our last Christmas with him.

“Our Christmases will be spoiled forever.

“I really hope they never, ever have to go through what we have with our precious superhero.”
Dawn hopes that the upcoming scenes in the show will help raise awareness - and

“Before Henry was diagnosed, I did not know much about childhood cancer.

“Coronation Street is one of the first soaps to tackle this issue and raise awareness.

“If this storyline helps save even just one life, then it will all be worth it.

“I truly salute Corrie bosses for taking a huge step in changing the publics perception.”

In his memory, parents Mark and Dawn set up a charity to create a lasting legacy for little Henry.

You can support it by visiting The Henry Allen Trust.

> Team Henry have an event coming up at Safari MK soft play and party venue on September 19.

> There is also a five-a-side football tournament on September 6.

> Visit The Henry Allen Trust’s Facebook page for more details.