CATHERINE Tyldesley has vowed to raise £500k for the NHS by hosting a pub quiz after they saved her mum's life.
The former Coronation Street star is set to host the quiz this month to raise money for NHS charities.
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Catherine – who played Eva Price on the ITV soap – revealed the unique fundraising idea with fans this week after her mum Janet was taken into intensive care.
She said: "This is a thank you from me to the NHS for saving my mum’s life.
"This is just one small way that I can repay the never-ending gratitude I have for the amazing doctors and nurses of the NHS. I will do anything for our NHS and will be forever in debt to the angels at Salford Royal Hospital who cared for my mum.
"It has been a horrendous week for my family and having mum back home now is nothing short of miraculous."
Catherine, 36, added: "The worry was like nothing I’ve ever known. I want to take this opportunity to express my never ending gratitude to our #NHS and to #SalfordRoyal Hospital.
"My grandad still fights for his life in the very same hospital. Unable to see him is heartbreaking, but knowing he is surrounded by ‘earth angels’ is reassuring.
"When I was asked to do this charity pub quiz for the NHS I agreed right away.
"It’s just one small way that I can start to repay that debt. It’s an absolutely great cause and I’ve also asked lots of my friends in showbiz to take part as well."
The quiz is set to take place at 8pm on Friday 22 May.
Fellow soap stars including Katie McGlynn, Tracy Ann Oberman and Hayley Tamaddon are among those also taking part.
Catherine’s mum Janet was rushed to hospital last Friday night as she needed emergency surgery.
She told fans it has been a "horrendous six days" as her granddad was also unwell.
Her mum has since returned home, but her grandad is still fighting for his life.
The actress wrote on Instagram: "The worry was like nothing I’ve ever known. I want to take this opportunity to express my never ending gratitude to our #NHS and to #SalfordRoyal Hospital.
"The doctors worked around the clock to treat my mum swiftly and keep her protected from#covid19 at all times.
"In the six days she spent in ICU she witnessed heartbreak and miracles. Each time I spoke to her describing the medical staff as ‘angels’. My mum has spent a week of her life with the greatest of heroes."
Catherine added: "Today I received the miraculous news that I could take her home. I’ve never felt more Gratitude in my life.
"I for one will be continuing to ‘give thanks’ and prayer each Thursday – past lockdown to all the heroes still fighting, to all the hero’s we’ve lost and to all the families unable to be with loved ones.
"My grandad still fights for his life in the very same hospital. Unable to see him is heartbreaking, but knowing he is surrounded by ‘earth angels’ is reassuring."
Catherine said in April she was convinced her son and husband suffered from coronavirus, claiming the virus had been around since at least September 2019, and that governments had kept it quiet.
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