Award-winning actress Katherine Kelly has become an honorary patron of a local charity supporting domestic and sexual abuse victims.
The former Coronation Street star will take on the role with Pathway.
She joins other notable names such as TV presenter Joanne Mailin, the Bishop of Lichfield Dr Michael Ipgrave and Ian Dudson, the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire, in supporting the charity.
The Pathway Patrons scheme is a way for people to donate to the charity annually to help support the work they do.
Katherine said: “I have been a friend of the Pathway Project since 2012, when my friend Christopher and I spent the day with Kathy Coe and her team of volunteers and survivors at the Hope Centre.
“I feel humbled to be asked to be a patron of the charity and proud to make my involvement and support for the Pathway Project official.
Kathy Coe, Chief Executive of Pathway, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Katherine has joined us as an honorary patron.
“I was delighted to meet Katherine when she came to film with us and she spent a day here at the Hope Centre.
“She was so supportive of our work and I was really moved that she remembered us and said yes to becoming an honorary patron.
“This shows the kind of person she is – generous of heart. She is an inspiration and a wonderful role model for our young people, showing them that you can achieve whatever you set out to be.”
For more details about becoming a Pathway Patron contact Amandab@pathway-project.co.uk or call 01543 442618.