Denise Welch is a well-known actress and television presenter. She is best known for her roles as Natalie Barnes in Coronation Street and Steph Haydock in Waterloo Road. She is also known for her appearances as a regular panelist on the ITV lunchtime chat show Loose Women from 2005 until this current day.
During a recent visit to the city to appear in the Gary Barlow hit musical ‘Calendar Girls’, Denise kindly visited the hospice and was overwhelmed with the amazing services and level of care on offer here, she immediately inquired about how she could get involved in helping out here and was delighted to become an ambassador.
Denise said “I am honoured to have been asked to become an ambassador for St Benedict’s Hospice. I was introduced to this amazing place by Trisha Stewart, the original Calendar Girl whilst on tour with Calendar Girls the Musical. I visited whilst in town and immediately felt I had to become involved. The patients I met all said that although no one wants to be there, there is nowhere else they would rather end their days. The staff are some of the loveliest people I’ve met and clearly adored by those they are looking after. The 14 bed inpatient facility is a warm, welcoming environment where families and patients alike feel loved. The hospice also provides day care, community care and a range of complimentary therapies for those on end of life care. This year, St Benedict’s needs to raise £1.1 million to continue to provide this exemplary care for the people of Sunderland. It is the only dedicated hospice in the area and I will be doing all I can to make sure we raise this money.
I’m proud to play a small part in the St Benedict’s story.”