Author: Louise Parker Cairns - December 14, 2018

The stars of the Coronation Street cobbles switched on the Christmas lights at New York, New York, on Friday 23 November, to raise money for Prevent Breast Cancer. And boy did they raise some money – £1,660! We’re just blown away by the generosity of everyone who came and so thankful to New York, New York for hosting the event in aid of Prevent Breast Cancer!

The Bloom Street bar’s annual event included entertainment from the Manchester Show Choir, which marked the occasion with its versions of popular show songs and Christmas carols.

The event, which was in aid of South Manchester charity, Prevent Breast Cancer, was attended by some of the Manchester-based soap’s most-loved characters, including: Melanie Hill (Cathy Matthews), Sam Aston (Chesney Brown), Rob Mallard (Daniel Osbourne), Alexandra Mardell (Emma Brooker), Lisa George (Beth Tinker), Dolly Rose-Campbell (Gemma Winter) and Hollyoaks’ Ross Adams (Scott Drinkwell).

The festive fundraising event saw the stars take to the streets of Manchester’s Gay Village to flip the switch on over 10,000 lights inside and outside the venue.

Nikki Barraclough, executive director of Prevent Breast Cancer, said: “The event has raised thousands of pounds for the charity in previous years and we’re thrilled to have done it once again this year. It’s great to have support from so many famous faces and soap stars, who are able to help raise awareness of the charity and its mission to predict, prevent and protect against breast cancer.”

Tracey Walsh at New York, New York, said: “We’re so pleased to support Prevent Breast Cancer for another year, and play host to the wonderful Manchester Show Choir and stars of Coronation Street, to celebrate our annual light switch on. We’re over the moon with this year’s fantastic fundraising.”

Prevent Breast Cancer is headquartered at The Nightingale Centre at Wythenshawe Hospital, and is the UK’s only charity entirely dedicated to the prediction and prevention of breast cancer.