Jennie adds Fiz to charity night

Coronation Street guided tour winner Rosey Thompson with Jennie McAlpine
Coronation Street guided tour winner Rosey Thompson with Jennie McAlpine

A HEALTH worker’s luck was in when a Coronation Street star drew her number in a charity raffle.

Street actress Jennie McAlpine brought a touch of television glamour to the prize draw at Owton Manor Social Club, in Wynyard Road, Hartlepool, last night.

She was the star guest at a charity night held by the mental health organisation Moodswings which is run by Jennie’s father, Tom McAlpine, and his partner Linda Wilson, who is originally from Hartlepool.

The top prize in the raffle was a guided tour of Coronation Street by Jennie, who plays Fiz Stape in the long-running soap, as well as an overnight stay in Manchester’s Hilton Hotel.

The lucky punter was Rosey Thompson, a 31-year-old nurse from Seaton Carew, who won with ticket number 51 after splashing out on six strips of raffle tickets.

She said she was going to take her mum Margaret Wilkinson, a Fens resident, on the trip to the Street’s famous cobbles, and added: “Wow, I’m over the moon.

“I watch Corrie whenever I can and I think Fiz is brilliant.

“Jennie was lovely and so down to Earth. I’ve never won anything in particular in my life.”

Jennie, 27, travelled from Manchester with her boyfriend Chris to help support last night’s fundraiser.

She could be seen outside the club enjoying a chat with the regulars and also joined in bingo and tucked into her first-ever taste of a pie and pea supper.

She also signed autographs on the back of everyone’s bingo cards during the evening, which attracted around 300 people.

Jennie described Hartlepool as her “second home” and added: “It’s just wonderful that people have spent their hard-earned money supporting this.

“For them to spend their time on a Friday night supporting us is really special.

“The money raised will make such a difference to so many vulnerable people who need it.

“I’m looking forward to showing Rosey around the cobbles.”

Jennie’s dad Tom, who told the audience Moodswings is in the process of converting an old pub into charity headquarters, said: “It’s wonderful to have Jennie supporting us and wonderful to have the support of the people of Hartlepool who always come out and support Moodswings. “I can’t think of anywhere we go that gives us a warmer welcome than in Hartlepool.”

Linda, who lives in Manchester, but visits relatives in Hartlepool every week, added: “I think it’s gone brilliantly - we have reached our £1,000 target and surpassed it.”

Fifteen other people also won various prizes during the raffle draw.

Moodswings is a Manchester-based charity which supports people suffering from any kind of emotional distress.

Its helpline is used by people in areas including Hartlepool.

The charity night also included entertainment from solo singers Chris Gilfoyle and Natalie Peak.

Moodswings’ helpline is 0845 1236050.