Coronation Street marks 50th anniversary with charity push

Quartet of national and local organisations will benefit from fundraising

Coronation Street
Coronation Street

The producers of long-running ITV soap Coronation Street have announced that events to mark its 50th anniversary will raise funds for four local and national charities.

Cancer Research UK, the NSPCC, and Manchester-based charities The Christie, which supports the cancer hospital of the same name, and mental health charity Moodswings were chosen by a ballot of the soap's cast.

The charities will receive the proceeds from the sale of collectible items and events to mark the soap's 50th anniversary.

Items available for auction include a brooch created by a Manchester jeweller for Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, to mark her visit to the set last month.

A spokeswoman said the organisations would not necessarily receive an equal share of the funds raised and programme makers were deciding how the money would be split.

Kieran Roberts, executive producer of Coronation Street, said:"Support for local and UK-wide charities will form an important part of our anniversary commemorations, enabling us to use the programme's profile to provide real support for good causes in Manchester and beyond."

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