Julie Goodyear becomes patron of Willow Wood hospice

TELEVISION legend Julie Goodyear MBE has become a patron of Willow Wood Hospice.

Fondly remembered by many as Coronation Street’s Bet Lynch, the archetypal brassy barmaid with a heart of gold, Julie last year donated a large quantity of jewellery which was auctioned off on Ebay, raising more than £16,000.

Julie Goodyear and Roy Barraclough

Karen Houlston, chief executive of Willow Wood, said; “We are thrilled that Julie has accepted the position of patron.  She has long been a supporter of the hospice and we’re proud to cement and extend that relationship.”

Julie was famously the wife of Alec Gilroy, played by Roy Barraclough, on Coronation Street and they were also close friends off screen.

She said: “Roy was the founding patron of Willow Wood, and I have always taken a keen interest in the hospice.  It’s a fantastic local charity and I’m proud to be able to support them.”

Julie will be donating more of her jewellery, both personal and as worn behind the bar of the Rovers Return, later this year.

Karen said, “It has been a difficult year for all charities.  The auction last year was a tremendous boost to our funds, and we are very grateful for this second wonderful donation.

“We’ll be announcing details of the sale in due course – please keep an eye on our social media channels for more information.”

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