26 Apr 2006

With The Children's Society celebrating its 125th anniversary this year we are looking for 125 people to join our Walk New York event on 10-14 November 2006. To promote the fundraising walk, the charity's anniversary and our work, we took a New York City yellow taxi cab round the country making stops at London, Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool and met some familiar faces along the way.

On Monday 10 April actress Alex Kingston (Dr Corday of ER fame and currently on West End stage as Nurse Ratched in 'One Who Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest') launched the nationwide tour from the British Airways London Eye.

She said, "What better way to celebrate The Children's Society's 125th birthday than with a tour of the country in a New York yellow cab! Walk New York sounds amazing, I really enjoyed working in America, and this event is a brilliant way to see New York. I hope everyone will join me and support the charity."

On Tuesday the cab drove to Leeds and caught up with Emmerdale's Soapstar Superstar Roxanne Pallett (Jo Stiles).
Photographed outside Harewood House, home of Lord Harewood - the Queen's cousin - Roxanne said: "It's so unusual to see a New York taxi cab in Yorkshire, this is great, I love the fact that we can have a little piece of Manhattan high life in Leeds."

Wednesday it was off to Manchester and the cobbles of Coronation Street. It was the first time in Corrie's history, a NYC yellow taxi cab had pulled up on the cobbles in front of the Rovers.
Stars including Samia Smith (Maria Sutherland), Sally Lindsay (Shelley Unwin), Antony Cotton (Sean Tully), Jennie McAlpine (Fiz Brown), and Tupele Dorgu (Kelly Crabtree) all helped us mark the occasion and lend us their support.
Street favourite Jennie McAlpine said, "I am very happy to be supporting the Children's Society. It is a charity I am very close to and it's great to be able to welcome a New York taxi cab onto the cobbles for such a good cause."

Thursday's destination was Anfield - home of Liverpool FC. Club legends Brain Hall and Phil Neal were only too happy to pose with our taxi cab in front of the iconic Shankly Gates.

Phil Neal said, "I am delighted to be supporting The Children's Society. Driving a NYC taxi cab around the country is a great way to get people's attention. Get in touch with The Children's Society today and sign up for Walk New York - you won't regret it."

For more information about Walk New York or any of The Children's Society's other overseas events please call 0845 300 1128.

Notes to Editors:

Media enquiries: The Children's Society Media team 020 7841 4423/4422