4 Apr 2007

Tracy Barlow Released For Community Service

04 April 2007

Kate Ford (aka Coronation Street's Tracy Barlow) today announced her support for the launch of The Co-operative's charity of the year campaign for The Children's Society.

Kate is a keen supporter of The Children's Society and was delighted to hear the news of the recent partnership. Kate's normal persona is streets apart from her on-screen ‘killer’ character Tracy Barlow. She took time out from her hectic filming schedule to talk about the new partnership launch that took place in co-operative outlets across the country on Monday.

Kate said: “It’s fantastic news that The Co-operative has chosen The Children's Society as their charity of the year. The charity is over 125 years old and I hope everybody supports The Co-operative’s fundraising challenge to raise as much money as possible. The Children's Society works hard to give children back their childhoods and I am backing them all the way.”

The new initiative aims to raise more than £1 million in 2007 for The Children’s Society and its partner charities in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Notes to Editors:

For images of Kate or from the launch events please contact The Children's Society media team on 020 7841 4422.

Media contacts:
Paul Martin, The Children’s Society Media Team
Tel: 020 7841 4422 Mobile: 07841 841807

  • The Co-operative Group, which is based in Manchester, is one of the UK’s biggest businesses and has powerful market positions in Food Retail, Specialist Retail, Banking and Insurance. It employs over 69,000 people and has more than 3,000 high street outlets. As well as delivering on its financial and operational goals, The Co-operative Group aims to deliver on its social goals, playing an active part supporting local communities and the wider world.
  • The Children's Society is a national charity driven by the belief that every child deserves a good childhood. To that end it provides vital help and understanding for those children who face the greatest danger, discrimination or disadvantage; children who are unable to find the support they need anywhere else. Visit www.childrenssociety.org.uk
  • Aberlour works in Scotland with and for children, young people and families who need additional support to promote their development and well-being. Aberlour runs 47 services, which make a positive difference to the lives of around 6,000 children in Scotland every year. Visit www.aberlour.org.uk
  • Extern is a charity working with partners, providing high quality innovative and community based services for people with complex needs. Extern works collaboratively and in partnership with agencies within the Criminal Justice sector, health and social services, Northern Ireland Housing Executive, education and employment sectors and local communities. The aim of the work that Extern does is to realise the potential of children and adults with whom they work by valuing and supporting them as they deal with the difficult situations in which they find themselves. All money raised in the Northern Ireland Co-op fundraising initiative will help fund Extern’s work with children. Visit www.extern.org
  • Tros Gynnal is a Welsh charity set up in 2002 to safeguard and support children and young people throughout Wales. It currently provides 10 services that promote children's rights; keep children safe; listen to children and help others to listen; and help families stay together. Visit www.trosgynnal.org.uk