Coronation Street cast members took time out from their busy filming schedules recently to nominate their unsung heroes for the Mirror’s upcoming Pride of Britain Awards.
The Awards, sponsored by Lidl, are in their 14th year and honour ordinary people who do extraordinary things, and the Corrie cast were keen to make their nominations count.
Catherine Tyldesley, who plays Eva Price, nominated the staff at Manchester’s Christie Hospital, which is one of Europe’s leading cancer treatment centres.
She said: “It is the most incredible place; they make lives so much better. A couple of my friends and family have been helped by them. The job they do is awesome.
“A lot of us here at Coronation Street are right behind them for Pride of Britain. The awards are very important. They are one of the things, like fish and chips, pies, pudding and pubs that make me proud to be British.”
Samia Ghadie, who plays Maria Connor, was keen to put the East Cheshire Hospice up for an award, as her dad Joseph was cared for there in 2009 when he lost his battle with cancer, while John Michie, who plays Karl Munro, chose to nominate teachers at inclusive comprehensive schools.
Sue Cleaver, who plays Eileen Grimshaw, thinks that all of Britain’s volunteers should be awarded, while Charlie Condou, who plays Marcus Dent, nominated the National Health Service.
“I’m nominating all the NHS’s paediatric specialist nurses,” Charlie said. “They do a wonderful job and many families exist because of their fine work.”
You can nominate your unsung heroes in the Pride of Britain Awards 2012 now. The closing date is Friday, August 13 at midnight.
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