THE ultimate prize for soap fans is up for grabs at a fundraising evening in Hartlepool.
The cobbles of Coronation Street are beckoning for the winner of a raffle organised by the charity Moodswings.
Moodswings is a mental health organisation which is holding a charity night at Owton Manor Social Club, in Wynyard Road, on Friday, March 2.
It will feature bingo and entertainment from solo singers Chris Gilfoyle and Natalie Peak.
There will also be the raffle with a top prize which will be right up the street of Corrie fans.
Moodswings chief executive Linda Wilson described it as a “money can’t buy prize”.
Linda and her partner – Moodswings chairman Tom McAlpine – are both originally from Hartlepool and Tom’s daughter Jennie McAlpine plays the character Fiz Stape in the soap Coronation Street.
Linda said: “The star prize is a guided tour of Coronation Street by Jennie as well as an overnight stay in Manchester’s Hilton Hotel, famous for the Cloud bar which has a glass floor and offers views across the city.
“The hotel sits inside Beetham Tower, the tallest building in the UK outside London.
“Jennie will meet the winners at Granada and give them a guided tour.
“They may also bump into some of the other cast in the canteen.”
Raffle tickets costing £1 per strip and six strips for £5 are now on sale.
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.
Moodswings was founded in 1999 to help people recover from mood problems and the severe emotional distress they can cause.
Linda said: “Since the charity began, we have been saving money with the hope of buying our own building.
“In December, we achieved that ambition and having our own building will provide us with security for the future of the charity and its work.
“But we need to raise a large amount of money to renovate the building before we can move in.”
Raffle tickets are now available from Owton Manor Social Club, Shapers in Church Street and Premier Foods in Osborne Road, all Hartlepool.
Moodswings helpline is 0845 1236050.