Belfast Telegraph

Corrie stars in charity night walk

Coronation Street stars of past and present are leaving the cobbles behind them to take part in a night-time walking event to raise money for charity.

Michelle Keegan, who plays Tina McIntyre, and Brooke Vincent, who plays Sophie Webster, will be among those taking part in Cancer Research UK's Shine event in Manchester on May 1.

Also there on the night will be former Coronation Street actresses Lucy-Jo Hudson and Kirsty Leigh Porter, who is currently appearing in Emmerdale.

Shine is a night-time walking event where participants can complete either a full or half marathon route and choose to fund the area of cancer research closest to their hearts.

The actresses are part of Team Vital, who are walking the half marathon route in memory of former Coronation Street writer and producer Gavin Blyth, who died from cancer in November last year.

Keegan said: "Having recently lost someone very close to me to cancer I wanted to do the Shine half marathon walk in their honour and for Gavin, who was working on Coronation Street when I first joined the show."

Hudson added: "Gavin was a dear friend of both mine and my husband Alan, so I want to do the Shine walk in his honour. He was a truly talented man and was taken so quickly. So if I can help raise money to try and stop this happening to anyone else, then I will.

"I also lost my gran to cancer a couple of years ago and she will always be in my heart so I'm doing it for her too."

Shine participants can choose to support one of 12 different areas of scientific research, including prostate cancer, lung cancer and breast cancer. Or they can simply give their backing to Cancer Research UK's overall work.

For more information about Cancer Research UK Shine events taking place across the country, visit www.cancerresearchuk.org/shine. To sponsor Team Vital go to www.sponsormetoshine.org/teamvital.

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