The Henry Allen Appeal gets a special boost

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The family of Henry Allen got a welcome boost when they were given more than £7,000 by a couple whose son suffered with the same condition as the four-year-old.

Henry suffers with neuroblastoma, a form of cancer, and his parents received the money from Clair and Jamie Hyde whose son Ashley lost his battle against the disease in September 2010.

The money they had raised for Ashley was saved and they made the decision to donate it to Henry after hearing of his condition – pushing the total to just under £80,000.

Dawn said: “They have been an amazing help and Clair has been so knowledgeable. She truly is an inspirational woman. They’ve been our rock and been there for us when we’ve had bad times. From the bottom of our hearts we want to say thank you to them and to everyone who has helped us. But Henry’s been amazing, a real superhero. He’s always got a smile on his face and a ‘Henry hug’ for anyone.”

After suffering a relapse the family are going to University College London Hospital on August 19 where Henry will undergo rapidarc radiotherapy, which is thought to work twice as fast as former treatments.

Dawn said: “Henry doesn’t let it get him down but it’s a struggle for us at times. We’re just taking it day by day. The consultant we have is fantastic and is always trying to push new things. It’s very scary knowing the NHS could one day say we’re not treating you but at the moment we are not thinking about that.”