Rachel Shenton reveals her late father Geoff lost his hearing 'overnight' following chemotherapy 1

Rachel Shenton reveals her late father Geoff lost his hearing ‘overnight’ following chemotherapy

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‘It became really difficult’: Rachel Shenton reveals her late father Geoff lost his hearing ‘overnight’ following chemotherapy for throat cancer


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Rachel Shenton detailed how her father Geoff lost his hearing when she was just 12 years old during a Friday appearance on Lorraine.

The actress, 33, revealed the chemotherapy he received following a throat cancer diagnosis affected his ears and that he went deaf overnight. 

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Although he died two years later when Rachel was 14, by then she was learning sign language and it became a refuge for her as she mourned.

Open book: Rachel Shenton detailed how her father Geoff lost his hearing when she was just 12 years old during a Friday appearance on Lorraine

Open book: Rachel Shenton detailed how her father Geoff lost his hearing when she was just 12 years old during a Friday appearance on Lorraine

She began: ‘My dad had throat cancer. He was diagnosed quite late and he had huge doses of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

‘One of the side effects was losing his hearing completely kind of almost overnight so I saw just what a massive impact that has on the family.

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‘And I was always doing plays and going up and do things at school and drama and things, and he was no longer able to and watch those things.

‘I guess it’s the things you take for granted, really, that became difficult.’ 

Tragic: The actress, 33, revealed the chemotherapy he received following a throat cancer diagnosis affected his ears and that he went deaf overnight (pictured, centre, at an unknown date with Geoff, centre-right)

Tragic: The actress, 33, revealed the chemotherapy he received following a throat cancer diagnosis affected his ears and that he went deaf overnight (pictured, centre, at an unknown date with Geoff, centre-right)

Upsetting: Although he died two years later when Rachel was 14, by then she was learning sign language and it became a refuge for her as she mourned

Upsetting: Although he died two years later when Rachel was 14, by then she was learning sign language and it became a refuge for her as she mourned

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The Hollyoaks star won the Best Live Action Short Academy Award in 2018 for The Silent Child, which she told Lorraine she keeps on her bookshelf at home.

The poignant 20-minute film is about a young deaf girl who can’t communicate with her family, who can all hear.

She said: ‘I never thought for a second I would win an Oscar, maybe they’ll show the film in primary schools, It really touched people.’

In 2010, Rachel became an ambassador for the National Deaf Children’s Society in the UK and is a committed advocate to raising deaf awareness. 

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Wow: She said: 'I was always doing plays and going up and do things at school and drama and things, and he was no longer able to and watch those things'

Wow: She said: ‘I was always doing plays and going up and do things at school and drama and things, and he was no longer able to and watch those things’

Humble: Rachel (right) said: 'I never thought for a second I would win an Oscar, maybe they'll show the film in primary schools, It really touched people'

Humble: Rachel (right) said: ‘I never thought for a second I would win an Oscar, maybe they’ll show the film in primary schools, It really touched people’

Going on to heap praise upon Strictly Come Dancing’s Rose Ayling-Ellis, Rachel admitted she is hoping the deaf actress will win the series during Saturday’s final.

She said: ‘Rose is brilliant, isn’t she Just the representation. I think she’ll do it.’

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Rachel previously told Good Morning Britain about the short film in further detail, which saw her star alongside Maisie Sly, then six.

She said: ‘I’ve seen the needless struggles that deaf children and deaf people face and that gave me the impetus to write.

Talented: The Hollyoaks star won the Best Live Action Short Academy Award in 2018 for The Silent Child, which she told Lorraine she keeps on her bookshelf (pictured with Maisie Sly)

Talented: The Hollyoaks star won the Best Live Action Short Academy Award in 2018 for The Silent Child, which she told Lorraine she keeps on her bookshelf (pictured with Maisie Sly)

‘A lot of the struggles are borne from a lack of education from hearing people, people don’t know how to deal with it and not knowing the best way to deal with it.

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‘That’s why access to services is a constant struggle. It doesn’t need to be like that.’

Speaking about the casting of talented Maisie, who is profoundly deaf, she said: ‘That particular character was so difficult to cast, we always knew it would be because the brief was so specific.

‘She needed to be profoundly deaf, we did a nationwide search, saw over 100 kids in total. Maisie walked in and we made our decision within 10 seconds, she was just perfect.’

Fingers crossed: Going on to heap praise upon Strictly Come Dancing's Rose Ayling-Ellis, Rachel admitted she is hoping the deaf actress will win the series during Saturday's final

Fingers crossed: Going on to heap praise upon Strictly Come Dancing’s Rose Ayling-Ellis, Rachel admitted she is hoping the deaf actress will win the series during Saturday’s final 

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