Stars from UK soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale came out to help the Blossom Appeal celebrate its 10th Anniversary at a glittering Gala Dinner event held at the Midland Hotel in Manchester on Saturday 2nd October.

Nicola Wheeler (Emmerdale’s Nicola De Souza), Sacha Parkinson (Sian Powers from Coronation Street) and Brooke Vincent (Corrie’s Sophie Webster) all helped the charity commemorate ten years of fund-raising to support the Breast Care Unit at North Manchester General Hospital.

Nicola Wheeler Sacha Parkinson Brooke Vincent at the Blossom Appeal 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner

The Blossom Appeal raises vital funds to provide equipment that the NHS cannot afford and specialist complementary therapy sessions for breast cancer patients, to help promote a speedier recovery.

Chairwoman Iris David commented: “Saturday’s 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner was a fantastic success. We raised in the region of £18,000 and this will really help towards our target of £250,000 to help fund a larger integrated breast care unit at North Manchester General Hospital. We are grateful to all the celebrities who turned out to support us, and for their help at this event.”

The Blossom Appeal is an independent charity which raises money for the breast cancer care unit at North Manchester General Hospital. Since it began in 2000, the charity has raised over £200,000 for the breast care unit, helping to fund vital equipment such as an Oesophageal Doppler (which reduces the operating time for patients undergoing more complex reconstructive surgery), a Ventana Benchmark (which can identify a cancer in a matter of hours) and an ultrasound scanner.

As well as Kym Marsh and Jamie Lomas, local actress and former Corrie star Suranne Jones, Vicky Binns (Coronation Street’s Molly Dobbs) and Emmerdale’s Nicola Wheeler are the charity’s patrons.

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