As many of you will know, across this last year Coronation Street (ITV) have been running a cervical cancer storyline based around the experiences of a character called, Sinead. The storyline has followed Sinead through diagnosis and treatment and the impact it has had on her, her partner Daniel and young son Bertie. Whilst Sinead's specific circumstances are thankfully rare, they do sadly happen and throughout this time, the writers of the programme have reached out to us to work closely with us ensuring the storyline has been portrayed as accurately and responsibly as possible. It has been an incredible opportunity to raise awareness of cervical cancer and how it affects lives as well as helping to dispell numerous myths about this cancer. It has prompted many conversations across social media around prevention of the disease.
This Friday evening (24th October) at 7.30pm on ITV, there will be an hour long special showing Sinead's last moments before she sadly passes away. The episode is extremely emotive and some viewers may find it intense or potentially triggering. We are conscious that, if you do choose to watch it, you may need support during or after the programme. Please remember that we are here for you should you need us. Our helpline will be open on Saturday from 11am to 1pm and from 3pm to 6pm on 0808 802 8000. Alongside that, our online forum is also available should you wish to access support in this way. I know that you will provide your usual incredible support to one another.
It felt right to share this with you in advance of the programme - please look after yourselves
Sending my very best wishes