Soap star Tisha Merry will be joined by friends from Coronation Street as they stride out under the stars at the St Catherine’s Hospice Moonlight and Memories Walk.
Tisha, who played Bistro waitress Steph Britton in Coronation Street for four years, is taking part in the event on July 1 with pals Lucy Fallon (who plays Bethany Platt, Katie McGlynn (who stars as Sinead Tinker), Faye Brookes ( who appears as Kate Connor) and Bhavna Limbachia (who plays Rana Nazir).
Her mum, Michelle Merry, will also be there.
She will be stepping out to support the charity in memory of her granddad Babilas Felicien Jean-Baptiste, who was cared for at the hospice as an in-patient unit in 2014.
The 23-year- old star, who grew up in Preston, has supported St Catherine’s in the past through attendances at its Yellow Day garden fete – which takes place this year on June 25 - and the Christmas Festival.
But this will be the first time she has taken part in the night-time sponsored walk, which also features a four-mile, family-friendly route. The event is open to all, offering a chance to come together to remember loved ones whilst raising money to fund the specialised care the hospice provides.
Tisha, who left the cobbles earlier this year to focus on new challenges, said: “I’m so excited to be part of what looks like an extremely special night and really pleased that my friends will be joining in the fun too.
“Looking at photos from previous walks you get a sense of the atmosphere and camaraderie – knowing that everyone is there for their own individual reasons, but uniting to support this amazing place. I can’t wait to experience that for myself on the night.”
“Knowing that I’m doing it for my granddad, who we all still miss so much, will make it even more meaningful. He was looked after so well by the team at St Catherine’s, and that care extended to us all. We got to enjoy precious time with him towards the end because of the support we received from St Catherine’s – they helped him to die with dignity and in comfort, surrounded by his family and friends. That means so much to us all.”
There are still places available in this year’s event and the hospice is appealing for help to hit the target of 1,000 walkers. Tisha said: “I’ll be down at St Catherine’s Park before the walk begins and am looking forward to meeting fellow supporters and finding out about their reasons for taking part. It’s going to be an amazing night. If you’ve not registered already, get your friends or family together and join in the fun – it will mean such a lot to local families like mine who have experienced the care of this special place.”