also admitted he was keen for classic Channel 4 hit Queer as Folk to return for a reunion 20 years on.
But thanks to brother Lewis, now 10, who brought a football into hospital for him to kick, Aidan
is walking again.
spent three years photographing the final chapter in the history of collieries such as Seaham Vane Tempest, Easington, Wearmouth, Westoe, Ellington and Blenkinsopp near Haltwhistle.
is one of thousands on an NHS waiting list for an amputation.
During a twelve month period Aidan
allowed me to document his journey, from the unbearable, painful waiting to the joy of surgery and the hard work of recovery.
The average stay for a dog is 38 days, which shows just how long Aidan
has been waiting to find a family to love him.
is an unpleasant character whom readers might have a hard time investing in, and his motivations for his actions are often perplexing or unclear.
"This is really a great cause," said Aidan
. "It makes you feel really happy to know that kids around the world are being helped with this money.
The episode that dealt with the aftermath of Aidan
's death was poignant and true to life with all the reactions of the various characters.
The Walkden actress, who plays Eva Price, in Corrie was moved to tears while filming Aidan
's final scenes and the aftermath of the popular factory boss taking his own life.
ITV bosses might have felt Aidan
's suicide was one grim plot too many, but Shayne thinks it's a story that needs telling.