Hollyoaks spoilers: Patrick Blake to be diagnosed with motor neurone disease

"Patrick recognises his symptoms of MND but he is in denial, having seen his father deteriorate and die of the same illness. He is unable and unwilling to fully accept the truth," says actor Jeremy Sheffield

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Patrick Blake (Jeremy Sheffield) is to reveal to secretary Theresa McQueen (Jorgie Porter) that he has motor neurone disease.

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The upcoming plotline will see Patrick attempt to hide his diagnosis from estranged wife, Maxine Minniver (Nikki Sanderson) in an effort to win full custody of their baby daughter. But as Patrick struggles to live with the effects of motor neurone disease, it will become more difficult to keep it secret.

Said actor Jeremy Sheffield: “I’m honoured to have been involved in some of the shows biggest storylines over the last couple of years. I hope Patrick’s upcoming journey will captivate people’s hearts and minds. Patrick recognises his symptoms of MND but he is in denial, having seen his father deteriorate and die of the same illness. He is unable and unwilling to fully accept the truth.

“He endeavours to keep his diagnosis secret, as admitting the truth could jeopardise his chance of getting full custody of his beloved baby daughter, Minnie. For Patrick the idea of not being in control, of relinquishing his power is unthinkable and it will be interesting to see how the man who needs to control everything and everyone in his life copes with something that he cannot influence.”

Viewers are already aware that Patrick is hiding something following his recent fall at the hospital, but the diagnosis itself will be revealed in scenes to be shown on Monday 6 April.

Sally Light, Chief Executive from the MND Association, added: “It’s been a great year for raising awareness of motor neurone disease. Following on from the success of the Ice Bucket Challenge last summer and the film release of The Theory of Everything, I’m sure that Hollyoaks will show the reality of living with MND on the small screen too.

“It’s vital that we educate a young audience. Some of them will have done the Ice Bucket Challenge and now through the drama unfolding week by week will realise the devastating impact of MND and just why that was so important.

“I know of a family that sadly has experience of losing someone to MND and who has already recognised the subtle symptoms in Patrick as MND, which shows just how realistic Jeremy’s portrayal is.

“Hollyoaks is well-known for successfully tackling issue-led storylines and we have every faith that Patrick’s battle against MND will be no exception. We were delighted to be approached to help and staff from our specialist MND Care Clinic in Oxford are supporting the writers and actors.”

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You can read episode spoilers for the week ahead on Hollyoaks here.