Coronation Street stars to host Christmas music event at Manchester Cathedral for NSPCC

Stars from one of the nation’s favourite long-running soap operas will join the NSPCC at a special fundraising event next month.

Manchester Cathedral

Tickets are on sale now for Heart Voices By Candlelight at Manchester Cathedral on Thursday 25 November, which will be hosted by Coronation Street star Sue Devaney.

Sue, who plays Debbie Webster in the ITV soap, will officially open and present the night of entertainment, which will feature live musical performances, a bar, raffle and artisan fair.

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Among the musical acts performing at the event will be St Winifred’s Choir, led by Phil Reynolds – whose Manchester Virtual Youth Choir has been fundraising for the NSPCC throughout lockdown – and hosting a table at the gift fair will be fellow NSPCC supporter and Coronation Street star Brooke Vincent, who was Sophie Webster on the famous cobbles.

Steve Vickers, chairman of the special events committee organising Heart Voices By Candlelight, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to organise what promises to be a wonderful event for Manchester. It’s great that Sue and Brooke have been able to take part, and I’m sure every visitor will leave with a smile on their face knowing they’ve supported a great cause and got a head start on their Christmas shopping.

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“As well as having an opportunity to enjoy a fine, festive singalong with the wonderful musicians performing on stage, visitors will be able to pick up some amazing gifts and stocking fillers too. It promises to be a great night, and will help the NSPCC support children and young people in Manchester and across the UK whenever they need help.”

Dean of Manchester, Rogers Govender, added: “We are delighted to host Heart Voices By Candlelight at Manchester Cathedral this November.

“I am certain the people of Manchester will extend a warm welcome to everyone involved and help them raise much-needed funds for the NSPCC to help them support children and young people across the region.”

Vickie Butcher, NSPCC community fundraising manager, said: “It’s been a long time since we’ve held an event of this size to help raise vital funds for the NSPCC, so we’re absolutely delighted to be hosting such a wonderful event at Manchester Cathedral.

“We know that the last 18 months have been difficult for young people across the region, dealing with pressures and worries no child should have to carry. Mental and emotional health remains the top concern for children and young people contacting Childline, and fundraising events like this will ensure our counsellors are still there to offer a safe space for children, whatever difficulties they face, and let them know they’re not alone.”

Five-hundred tickets are available for the event which organisers say will be Covid compliant - you can buy them via Eventrbrite here. It is £10 for adults and children go free.

If you want to find out how you can support the NSPCC or Childline, go to www.nspcc.org.uk