Corrie star supports Overgate ribbon tree

Ribbons: from the left, staff nurses Jackie Thomas and Karen Jennings, actor Andy Whyment, events fund-raiser Lauren Ingram and assistant fund-raiser Laura Whitham
Ribbons: from the left, staff nurses Jackie Thomas and Karen Jennings, actor Andy Whyment, events fund-raiser Lauren Ingram and assistant fund-raiser Laura Whitham
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CORONATION Street star Andrew Whyment has tied the first ribbon on this year’s memorial tree at Overgate Hospice.

Andrew, who plays comedy roles Darren Sinclair-Jones in The Royle Family and Kirk Sutherland in Corrie, has agreed to support the Rainbow of Ribbons event.

He toured the Elland hospice and met staff and patients.

Each year the hospice invites everyone to dedicate a ribbon to someone special who has added colour to their life.

The fund-raising event will take place at the hospice grounds on August 14.

Staff are hoping they will raise more than £10,000 in their 30th year.

The donated ribbons will be tied around the trees and shrubs in a colourful display in the hospice garden, with a chance for people to view these in a special day of commemoration.

The event starts at 11am and finish at 4.30pm.

Events fund-raiser Lauren Ingram said: “We are really delighted that Andrew and family supported our Rainbow of Ribbons event and tied the first ribbon.

“This is the fourth year Overgate Hospice have organised this wonderful day, which gives everyone the chance to dedicate a ribbon to someone special.

“We feel privileged that Andrew and people in the community continue to support the Overgate Hospice and this memorable day.”  

The event will also offer visitors the chance for a period of quiet reflection and there will be the chance to meet some of the hospice staff over a cup of tea and light refreshments.

To donate a ribbon please call Overgate Hospice on 01422 387121.