Soap stars Natalie Cassidy and Alan Halsall joined forces to cheer on staff from acrossThe Co-operative Group, as it started its year of fundraising for new Charity of the Year partner, Mencap and sister charity, ENABLE Scotland.
Natalie, a Mencap ambassador who plays Sonia Fowler Eastenders, is a two times winner of a British Soap Award and, was recently the focus of reality TV series, ‘Becoming a Mum’. While Alan is well known for his role as Tyrone Dobbs in Coronation Street – a character he has played for over 12 years.
Both pledged their support as The Co-operative embarks on a year-long, fun-filled programme of fundraising to help the charity to transform the lives of 20,000 young people in the UK with a learning disability.
With The Co-operative’s support, Mencap and ENABLE Scotland will launch a programme offering support to young people with a learning disability, including a range of volunteering opportunities, employment and community projects. The Co-operative is hoping to smash its previous Charity of the Year fundraising total which saw it raise £3.7million for RNID.
Speaking at the launch of the Charity of the Year partnership, Natalie Cassidy, who gave birth to daughter Eliza last September, said: “The Co-operative’s support will allow Mencap and ENABLE Scotland to give thousands of young people with a learning disability across the UK opportunities to play a more active part in their communities.