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She may be the girl Coronation Street fans love to hate, but Kate Ford is definitely not the character she plays on screen.

Ford – who plays Tracey Barlow on the long running ITV show – has put her support behind the Baby Lifeline campaign, an initiative designed to honor the thousands of midwives, doctors, nurses and paramedics who help save the lives of special care infants every year in the UK.

“Giving birth is hard, but it’s just as hard for midwives who work round the clock to give the best care possible,” said Ford. “You feel so vulnerable, but a good midwife makes you feel safe. The people who work in these units are unsung heroes, and if anyone has had a positive experience giving birth, whether premature or not, this is their chance to say ‘thank you’ for all the fantastic work the staff do.”

Baby Lifeline was established 27 years ago, and is currently searching for unsung heroes across Britain who have helped to save premature babies. Their MUM (Maternity Unit Miracles) Awards seek to honor these champions with the thanks that they deserve but hardly ever get.

“Having a baby can be a worrying time, and if there are problems all parents want to know they are in the best hands,” said the charity’s founder, Judy Ledger. “When the odds of life or death are stacking up, the care and expertise on offer can make the world of difference. That’s why charity Baby Lifeline wants to champion the work of dedicated professionals committed to helping those who don’t always get the best start in life.”

Nominations for the MUM Awards can be made at the Baby Lifeline website.

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