Henry’s legacy gets off to a flying start

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The legacy of Henry Allen took off with two touching tributes and a balloon release at the weekend.

Friends and supporters were invited to an official launch of the Henry Allen Trust on Friday with Trust patrons Karl Robinson and Ann Marie Davies, and Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Brian White, give moving speeches.

A balloon realease on Sunday followed with more than 300 balloons filling the sky, each sending messages up to Henry who tragically passed away in October, aged just four, after a battle with Neuroblastoma.

Hundreds of people, along with four storm troopers and Boba Fett from Henry’s beloved Star Wars, showed their support at the four-year-old’s favourite place, Chepstow Park, Bletchley.

Dawn Allen, Henry’s mum, said: “We are so overwhelmed once again with the amount of support to our family.

“Mark and I are so incredibly grateful to everyone, family friends and complete strangers, who continue to support Henry and our aims to bring happiness to children locally suffering with cancer.”

The charity will focus on helping children aged up to 18either battling or in remission from cancer.

It will fundraise for treats and wishes to provide memories for all family members after a cancer diagnosis and offer them support and guidance.

The charity will work closely with local and shared care hospitals and community teams to improve processes and care programmes as well as help in the production of ‘books’ aimed at helping families understand what will happen during their oncology journey.

For gallery see www.miltonkeynes.co.uk