Latest Corrie Stars are Streets Ahead!
Greater Manchester’s Willow Wood Hospice has been forced to scrap plans for a Coronation Street themed fundraiser this December – but have been amazed at the generosity of those who would have been taking part.
The Hospice, which serves Tameside and Glossop, had been planning a fundraising night to coincide with Corrie’s 60th birthday whilst marking the Hospice’s own 21 years of service to the local community. Karen Houlston, Willow Wood’s chief executive, explained that the charity enjoys many Corrie connections with founding patrons having been Roy Barraclough and Kathy Staff, both actors who appeared on the famous cobbles, and current patrons include Julie Hesmondhalgh (Hayley Cropper.
Karen said “We have a lot of Corrie fans amongst our supporters and volunteers so were really looking forward to a pint, a bowl of hotpot and a lot of Corrie anecdotes from our patron Mark Llewellin who has been connected with the show for over two decades and a Coronation Street tour guide and expert. It was such a shame when we had to cancel and of course, it has certainly affected us financially.
“We were delighted however when Mark offered to make a fan film all about the show and its local connections, and then Manchester production company Show Motion Media and ex BBC Radio Manchester host Jane Hodson came on board all offering their services for free – and then Daisy Nook Garden centre offered to sponsor it – so suddenly the idea just snowballed into something very unique.
“The result is a special film made by fans for fans, featuring lots of Corrie tales from the show’s 60 years and a look at our local connections. Mark also managed to persuade many of his friends amongst the cast, past and present to record some anecdotes. Corrie legends Julie Goodyear, Sally Ann Matthews, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Ted Robbins, Amanda Barrie and Jennie McAlpine are amongst those taking part.
“Rather than just showing it to our existing supporters we are hoping that Corrie fans around the world will make a donation and download the film to watch at home wherever they are. Every penny will go to providing palliative care and to support those in our community with other long-term issues such as dementia. We can’t thank people enough – Corrie fans are definitely streets ahead!”
Details of how to download the film, which will be available to watch from 9 December (Coronation Street’s 60th Birthday) will soon be on our social media platforms.
This event runs alongside the sale of items donated by Julie Goodyear MBE, Julie Hesmondhalgh and the family of the late Roy Barraclough MBE all in aid of Willow Wood Hospice.