Soap star is Ambassador for blind charity
By Fusion Lifestyle Reporter
December 6, 2011, 3:46 pm
Soap star is Ambassador for blind charity

Coronation Street star Paula Lane is the ambassador for Henshaws Society for Blind People.

After hearing about the charity through a friend, Paula, plays feisty Kylie Turner in the programme, visited the Resource Centre in Old Trafford and was immediately inspired by the work that they do.

She met Oscar O’Sullivan, the face of the Helping Henshaws’ campaign, and was completely taken aback by his condition.

Determined to support the charity, Paula attended a dinner at Room Restaurant in Manchester to launch the ‘Oscar Appeal’ and instantly signed up to run the Virgin London Marathon for Henshaws in April next year. She will also be presenting a reading at Henshaws’ annual Carols by Candlelight concert at Manchester Cathedral on 14th December.

Glen Lockett, Head of Fundraising at Henshaws, commented; “Paula contacted me after reading about 3 year old Oscar in the local press, she was determined that she wanted to help the charity and Oscar’s Appeal. It’s fantastic that she has taken on the role as an ambassador for Henshaws, which she has embraced passionately. We all want to wish her the best of luck in the Virgin London Marathon!”

Oscar is 3 years old and has been completely blind since birth, due to a rare genetic defect. Ever since he pulled himself on to two feet as a toddler he has been learning to get around with the aid of a white cane. Oscar lives with parents Kait Hughes and Anthony O'Sullivan in Wythenshawe, Manchester. When he was first diagnosed Ms Hughes said the lack of information on child blindness meant the family struggled to access the specialised services he required and were often presented with myths instead of facts. That was until they came across the Henshaws Patient Support Service at Manchester Eye Royal Hospital, Kait said, “When we went to the playgroups other parents seemed scared to look at him. It was only when we accessed the Henshaws service at the Eye Hospital that we were able to understand and to learn to deal with his condition.”

Paula Lane, Coronation Street star and now an ambassador for Henshaws said, “The work Henshaws does is amazing. I was so touched by the parent and toddler group when I visited the centre in Old Trafford, seeing the families come together and share their experiences and support one another was incredible. Oscar touched my heart, so I really wanted to support Henshaws and be an ambassador for them, starting with the Virgin London Marathon!”

“I'm really excited about the marathon, training has been a challenge with my schedule but I manage to fit it on one way or another! It’s amazing to feel yourself improve and increasing your stamina each time - it is very rewarding!” 

Paula has been acting since the age of 10, achieving a triple grade distinction at a performing arts college and a first class honours degree at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. After graduating she made her television debut in Heartbeat and now plays the fiery Kylie Turner in Coronation Street.

To support Paula in the Marathon then please donate to her donation page

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