Two stars of Coronation Street are putting on their running shoes to help raise funds for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity.
Tina O’Brien and Faye Brookes, both regulars in ITV’s long-running soap Coronation Street, will be putting their best foot forward at the Great Manchester Run as part of Team Humphrey.
The Manchester-born actresses will be joining 2,000 Team Humphrey fundraisers on the day at Europe’s biggest 10K running event, to help raise funds to support the charity’s Helipad Appeal.
Commenting on the run, Tina says: “I’m delighted to be taking on the run with Faye in support of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity. Being born and bred in Manchester, I know the exceptional work the Children’s Hospital does and I’m proud to have supported the charity at a number of fundraising events over the years. We are so lucky to have such a fantastic facility on our doorstep and it’s going to be great fun taking on this prestigious run for such a worthy charity.”
All funds raised from the Great Manchester Run will go towards the Charity’s fundraising appeal to build a 24 hour access helipad on location at the hospital’s Central Manchester site. Currently, the hospital relies on a secondary landing site in a local park, adding precious minutes to the transfer of an incredibly ill child. An on-site landing pad will help to dramatically reduce patient transfer times by up to two thirds and in turn will help to save lives and improve patient recovery.
Faye, who joined the Coronation Street Cast last year as Kate Connor says: “This is my first time running the Great Manchester Run and I’m really excited to take on the challenge in support of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. It’s such a fantastic charity to support and I jumped at the chance as the hospital was unbelievable when they looked after my little brother. I’ve no doubt the knowledge my fundraising is going towards such a great cause will spur me on throughout the run!”
This year the Great Manchester Run takes place on Sunday 22nd May with Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity once again being the nominated charity for this year. The 10 kilometre run is open to those aged 15 years and over. Those too young for the main event can also put on their running shoes to take part in the Mini and Junior Run at Event City on Saturday 21st May.
Hannah Thomas, Events Manager for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity, comments: “We’re delighted that Tina and Faye have chosen to join Team Humphrey at this year’s Great Manchester Run. The day is the biggest event in our sporting calendar, so we are very grateful to have them backing our charity. The Great Manchester Run is always an amazing day with a brilliant atmosphere, and we look forward to cheering Tina, Faye and all our Team Humphrey supporters along on the day!”
Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity is raising money to ensure continued excellence in treatment, care and research at the hospital – improving the lives of thousands of children each year across the North West and beyond.
The support of the Charity means that the hospital can provide additional resources that make life easier for patients and their families who use the hospital.
The charity has three main areas of work:
• to support research projects to improve our understanding of children’s illnesses
• to help to create an environment that’s more child-friendly
• to provide state-of-the-art equipment for diagnosis and treatment.
For more information about Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity please visit www.rmchcharity.org.uk.