Hoylake family launch appeal to help beat rare form of blood cancer


The family of a young man from Hoylake who died from blood cancer earlier this year have launched a £50,000 appeal to help fund research into the illness.

Charlie Allen passed away in June, just three weeks after being diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma – which is a very rare and aggressive form of cancer.

The 22-year-old former Kingsmead and Calday Grammar school pupil was initially diagnosed and successfully treated when he was aged four, and his family say it had been unheard of for the condition to return after such a long period of time.

A total of 104 people on Merseyside are diagnosed with blood cancer every month, with many of them successfully treated. However, some are not and the Allen’s want to help change this by working with ‘Merseyside Against Blood Cancer – The Bloom Appeal’ to raise £50,000 for a specific project to help this happen.

The Bloom Appeal was established in 2014 by healthcare professionals, scientists, patients and carers and aims to support the care and wellbeing of those with blood cancer, as well as investing in research into treatment and cures.

Charlie’s mum, Vikki, said: “Charlie was a much loved son and twin and losing him at 22 has devastated us as a family.

“We want to join the fight to help beat Blood Cancer and prevent this from happening to other families.”

Donations can be made at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/thecharlieallenfoundation.