Actress brings Benidorm to Bolton vaccination centre

Benidorm’s favourite hotel manageress brought a touch of sunshine to Bolton when she volunteered at a vaccination centre.

Actress Sherrie Hewson, who plays Joyce Temple-Savage in the hit show ‘Benidorm’, spent the afternoon at Tonge Moor Health Centre as part of The Sun newspaper’s Jab’s Army campaign.

Sherrie, who has also appeared in ‘Coronation Street’ and is a regular panellist on ‘Loose Women’, joined other volunteers at the site to help show people the ropes as they arrived for their vaccination.

The popular actress also received the second dose of her vaccine and said: “I think every volunteer is precious. The very fact that they turn up for free is incredible. Everything they are doing is needed; from showing people in to providing comfort, it’s all vital.

“The people here are doing the most amazing job and I’m so grateful for them. I was gobsmacked to hear how many people signed up, and are still signing up, to do their bit.

“It’s incredible to see all the work they’ve put in. This country has been absolutely amazing with vaccines and volunteers are crucial to that.”

Sherrie follows in the footsteps of Bolton celebrity Vernon Kay, who volunteered at the Hootons Pharmacy at the Bolton Wanderers site back in February, as part of the same campaign.

Tonge Moor Health Centre hosted the very first Covid-19 vaccination in Bolton, on December 15, 2020 and since then the town as a whole has vaccinated more than 100,000 people.

Dr Helen Wall, senior responsible officer for the Covid-19 Vaccination Programme in Bolton, and clinical director of Commissioning at Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It’s great that celebrities seem to want to visit us in Bolton and it really lifts everyone’s spirits.

“As well as the entire health and care system pulling together to deliver a difficult job of vaccinating our residents, everyone has done it with a smile on their face. As a proud Boltonian, I think that sums us up perfectly – hard working and determined, with a can-do and positive attitude. I’m glad we were able to give Sherrie a glimpse of the Bolton spirit during her visit.

“Our volunteers across Bolton are integral to the vaccination programme. Sherrie was amazed at how many people have signed up to help and was very welcoming and friendly – the qualities that make a great volunteer!”

Tonge Moor Health Centre and other vaccination centres across Bolton are currently vaccinating those aged 50 and over, people who are shielding, registered carers and people who have a long term health condition.

Sherrie visited the centre on Friday, March 18.

Picture credit: The Sun

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