Coronation Street became Nomination Street as the big names in soap television climbed aboard the Mirror’s Pride of Britain bus.
The cast told us about unsung heroes that they believe should be recognised this year as we make a 1,000-mile tour around the UK.
Tina O’Brien, who plays Sarah-Louise Platt in the ITV show, wanted to nominate staff at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital for our Pride of Britain Awards, in partnership with TSB.
Tina, 33, said: I’ve been fortunate to have been involved in work at the hospital. The children there are very inspiring and brave,.
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Lucy Fallon, 20, Tina’s on-screen daughter Bethany, said: I’d like to nominate a young girl called Kelly Turner who I got to meet a couple of weeks ago. She is 16 and was diagnosed last October with a rare type of cancer that gave her two years to live.
She’s now raising money to pay for a £1million treatment to save her life.
Oliver Farnworth, who plays Andy Carver, is nominating a schoolfriend Naomi Thompson who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer but has now set up the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation.
Our double-decker also stopped at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium where Alex Williams, ex-goalkeeper and a key figure in the club’s community scheme, climbed on board.
The 59-year-old said: There are lots of people in Manchester who do great work connecting this football club with local communities to work with people and try to change their lives.
After pulling up to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, staff member Angela Rowe, 46, decided to nominate one of their former patients – 13-year-old Declan McEntee.
He was born with a bowel condition called intestinal malrotation and has undergone an operation that has left him unable to eat for two months.
In 2013, he launched Declan’s Decathalon, a challenge to do 10 events to raise money for the hospital. Angela said: Declan has an amazing attitude that I think is true courage. He always asks about other people.
Love Island’s Scott Thomas and Kady McDermott also joined the bus at the Etihad to show their support for the Mirror’s search for Britain’s unsung heroes.
Kady, 20, said: Pride of Britain is great to recognise the charities that aren’t so well known. You aspire to be like these people. It makes you think ‘Oh God, we should be doing this’.
Scott, 28, added: There are so many people doing good things and it’s time they got noticed. I think we can learn a lot from them.
During our Manchester stint of the Pride of Britain tour we also visited the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital to meet inspirational young patients who have been nominated for this year’s awards.
All the nominations will be considered by the panel and the winners will receive their award during a glittering star-studded ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House in October.
The bus tour will be in Liverpool today before hitting Birmingham, Cardiff, Bristol and London next week.
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Nominate them today for the Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain Awards 2016 in partnership with TSB and screened on ITV in November.
You can either visit prideofbritain.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or pick up a form at your local TSB.
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