When Dawn Harkins applied to be a contestant on ITV game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? she already had big plans for what she’d do with the cash she hoped to win…
In an interview with The Sun’s TV Biz, Dawn revealed that she applied to be on the show in order to raise funds to visit her son Glyn in Australia, but this was no ordinary family reunion since Dawn hadn’t seen her boy since he was six weeks old when she gave him up for adoption.
So, having bagged £75,000, Dawn immediately booked flights to Brisbane, and it was from the state that she spoke with the paper while still enjoying the time she’s spending with Glyn, who’s now 45.
Dawn said, “I never thought I’d see my son again so it’s amazing to actually be out here.
“No mum ever forgets their child and I’m so glad I got the chance to meet Glyn and to give him a great big hug…
“I might not have gone home a millionaire but this trip is worth more than that anyway.
“I feel like the richest woman in the world.”
The paper reveals that Dawn was just 15 when she gave birth to Glyn in a mother and baby home, and at the time, it was still very much taboo to be a single young woman with an illegitimate child.
So, having spent six weeks with the baby, he was then taken by the authorities and subsequently adopted.
Dawn’s daughter Samantha began the search for Glyn in a bid to help her mum come to terms with her past.
She finally found Glyn down last year and learned that he’d been adopted by a family from Manchester and emigrated to Australia as a teenager.
Dawn said, “I can’t begin to tell you how I felt when Sami told me she’d track him down.
“When she told me she had found him, I just couldn’t believe it. It was just before my birthday and she said: ‘Happy Birthday Mum I’ve found him’.”
Dawn had named her baby Keith, but he was renamed Glyn by his new family.
She added, “Keith was just six weeks old when he was taken. I was living in the mother and baby home when they told me he was going away.
“I had no say on it at the time — I was just 15 and in 1967 you didn’t have an option.
“I ran to find them taking my baby away. I asked if I could give him a kiss and that was the last I saw of him.
“My children have always known they had a brother and Samantha decided to track him down. It took three months but eventually she found him.
“I was worried that we might face rejection but, fortunately, he wanted to get to know us too.
“I spoke to him a lot on the telephone but I could never have afforded the flights to get there.
“But going on Millionaire made it possible for me to go down to Australia to see him for the first time since he was a six-week-old tot.”
Dawn added, “I love it out here in Australia and I’m looking forward to making plenty more trips over.
“The money I won has made all the difference to us. He’s had a very happy life and for that I’m very grateful.
“It was so nice giving him a big hug again.”
The paper adds, “Glyn is married to wife Alison and dad to daughters Jessica, 15, and Natalie, 14, and runs a flooring company in Brisbane.”
He said, “It is fantastic to be with my mother after all those years. I’m so glad she got those questions right.”
Aww what a lovely story. Best of luck to you and all your family Dawn.