STARS of Coronation Street have pledged their support to Joining Jack – by organising a charity golf day.
Alan Halsall and Andy Whyment – Tyrone and Kirk in the ITV soap – are hoping to raise thousands for the appeal through the star-studded event on August 31.
Joining Jack was set up by ex-Warrior Andy Johnson and wife Alex after they discovered their son Jack has Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
The four-year-old appears perfectly healthy, and has no idea that he is suffering from a terminal illness which – over the coming years – will eat away at his body.
His battle has captured the hearts of thousands, who have pledged their support financially and through the social networks twitter and Facebook.
And now, the charity – to raise funds for research into the illness – is poised to get a sizeable boost thanks to the generosity of two of TV’s most comical and popular soap stars.
Alan is married to fellow actor Lucy Jo Hudson, one of the nine ambassadors of Joining Jack.
She told the WIgan Observer: “I don’t play golf myself, but I will be there on the day to serve tea and coffee and help out where I can.
“In the past we’ve had some ex-footballers coming along, the Coronation Street lot – Kym Marsh was there last year – and it’s really relaxed, and really good fun.
“Then afterwards we have a meal and a few drinks, so it should be a really good day.
“And it’s all for a great cause, all for Joining Jack, which is what it’s about.”
More details of the golf day – at the Worlsey Marriot – can be found on the website tyroneandkirksgolfday.co.uk.
Lucy Jo, best known for her roles on Coronation Street and Wild at Heart, has been overwhelmed by the levels of support for Joining Jack.
Just last weekend Rio Ferdinand backed the charity, while celebs including Ant and Dec and the cast of Emmerdale have been pictured making the linked fingers symbol to show their support.
And closer to home, a series of fund-raising activities have been arranged including school non-uniform days, sponsored runs, walks and bike rides and cake days.
The Wigan Observer’s annual ball at the DW Stadium will be in aid of Joining Jack.
“The way it’s taken off has been incredible,” said Lucy Jo, who has helped swell the charity’s twitter followers to more than 11,000.
“And it’s all for a great cause, so research can be carried out and hopefully a cure can be found.
“I was with Alex and Andy last week and the way they are dealing with it – they’re inspirational.”