Sunday 22 September 2019

'For everyone, everywhere. But especially for Henry' - Rob Delaney dedicates CBeebies Bedtime Story to late son

Henry passed away in January aged just two and a half

Rob Delaney signs CBeebies Bedtime Story in language used with his son (BBC)
Rob Delaney signs CBeebies Bedtime Story in language used with his son (BBC)
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Rob Delaney has dedicated his CBeebies bedtime story to his late son Henry.

The Catastrophe star is the first narrator to sign the story, as he learned Makaton in order to be able to communicate with Henry.

Henry passed away in January at the age of two and a half after being diagnosed with a rare brain tumour.  He had been unable to speak after a tracheotomy so his father and the rest of the family communicated with him using sign language.

Announcing the news last month that he would be signing 'Ten in the Bed' for CBeebies, the actor said, “Our family learned Makaton to be able to communicate with our son Henry. We're sad Henry isn't here to see it but we're happy other families will get to enjoy a story told in Makaton.”

Makaton is a form of sign language, founded in 1970, which is used in conjunction with speech.

Delaney has now shared the full story with his followers, with the caption, "Here is my full #BedtimeStory for everyone, everywhere. But especially for Henry, for whom I learned Makaton. Please show your wee ones and anyone who might enjoy a signed story."

The US actor and his wife Leah live in London with their two surviving sons.  They recently announced they are expecting another child.

Rob is the first celebrity storyteller to sign a Bedtime Story, which airs at 6.50pm every evening.  Previous famous faces to read a story for the series include Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Dolly Parton, Damian Lewis, David Tennant, and Gary Barlow.

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