Patrons: Bill Beaumont, Mark Lawrenson & Tisha Merry Reg Charity No: 512186

Soap star backs hospice’s Moonlight and Memories Walk

Coronation Street actress Tisha Merry is urging the people of Lancashire to get behind the St Catherine’s Hospice Moonlight and Memories Walk this Saturday, June 30.

Tisha, who has played Steph Britton on the cobbles, took part in the poignant fundraiser last year with fellow soap stars in memory of her granddad, who was cared for on the hospice’s in-patient unit in 2014.

She has since become a patron of the charity – which cares for people with life-shortening illnesses at the Lostock Hall hospice and in people’s own homes, as well as offering emotional and bereavement support to their loved ones – and has spoken about what the walk means to her.

Tisha, who grew up in Preston, said: “Last year myself and some of the Corrie girls took part and it was amazing; it was so much fun. It’s a fantastic way to keep the memories alive and to speak with people about loved ones who have received care from St Catherine’s Hospice, which is an amazing charity. It’s just a wonderful experience.”

Hundreds of supporters have already signed up for the night-time trek, which sets off at 10pm on Saturday following a warm-up at St Catherine’s Park in Lostock Lane. The whole family is welcome, with a 10-mile and four-mile circular route to choose from. People are invited to leave messages on a special memory wall in the hospice’s garden marquee on the night, and there is also an opportunity to stock up on sparkly accessories for the occasion.

Lorraine Charlesworth, director of community and income at St Catherine’s, said: “The Moonlight and Memories Walk is our biggest annual fundraiser. Not only does it raise tens of thousands of pounds to help fund our specialist care for local people with life-shortening illnesses such as cancer, motor neurone diseases and heart failure; it also provides a meaningful opportunity for our communities to come together to remember and celebrate their loved ones in a poignant and positive way.”

She added: “Thank you to everyone who has already signed up to stride out with us this Saturday night – it promises to be a very important and enjoyable night to remember. For anyone who would still like to join us, you can come along on the night and register between 7pm and 9pm.”

Please note that online registration is now closed; you can still sign up at the hospice’s reception up until Friday at midday, or you can sign up here on the night of the walk between 7pm and 9pm.