10th May 2013

Hollyoaks storyline aims to raise cancer awareness

Hollyoaks has recently linked – up with cancer charities Macmillan and Cancer Research UK in highlighting the important issue of testicular cancer. In a gripping storyline to be aired over coming months, character Tony Hutchinson will be seen battling the condition. Each year, roughly 2100 men are diagnosed with the malignancy. The hope is that the storyline will raise awareness of the illness.

Tony Hutchinson

Tony Hutchinson played by Nick Pickard

Viewers have so far seen popular character Tony Hutchinson’s world get turned upside down when in early May he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Tony (played by actor Nick Pickard) hides his illness from partner Diane O’Connor (played by Alex Fletcher) and in coming week’s struggles to come to terms with the fight he faces against the disease.

Hollyoaks have worked closely with the two cancer charities in researching the storyline and Nick Pickard was recently joined by cancer expert Dr Kat Arney and testicular cancer patient Darren Couchman in an interview on ITV’s Daybreak breakfast show.

Speaking of the story line, Nick said: “I am really excited and hugely honoured to be involved in this upcoming storyline for Tony. As an actor you really want to portray dramatic stories that you can really get your teeth into and that strike a chord with the audience. Tony’s diagnosis will certainly challenge me as an actor and I hope will raise awareness of this particular type of male cancer”.

For more information on Testicular Cancer, please visit:

Macmillan Cancer Support

For more information or to donate visit or call 0808 808 00 00.

Cancer Research UK

They have a helpline number with specialist nurses. The nurses number is 0808 800 4040 and the website is:

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