CORONATION STREET star Kate Ford has backed a charity CD in aid of a little boy suffering from a terminal illness.
Anne Stanford and husband Dave, who both work for Garstang family firm Capsticks Home Design, set up the Ryan Stanford Appeal just over two years ago to help fund a research project into a cure for Alper’s disease, the condition suffered by their son Ryan, now aged three.
The disease is so rare it only affects one in 200,000 babies.
Now celebrities including Kate Ford, who plays soap superbitch Tracy Barlow, have collaborated on a version the Pretenders classic “I’ll Stand By You” to help raise awareness and give the charity a further boost.
Anne said: “It has just been amazing. Ryan was given just two years to live when he was diagnosed with Alper’s at nine months old, but despite having lost his eyesight and having limited mobility he is currently stable and doing well.’’
To date the charity has collected over £64,000, which has gone towards funding a three-year project by the Mitochondrial Research Group Institute for Ageing and Health in Newcastle to study the the faulty” gene which causes the condition.
The charity song, with lead vocals by young local talent Amy Jo Clough, also features “Britain’s Got Talent” star Steve Hall, antiques expert and “Bargain Hunt” star Paul Hayes and “X Factor” contestant Carolynne Poole.
Ryan’s 12-year-old sister, Megan, has also added her voice to the track.
Some 1,000 copies of the CD, featuring two versions of the song and complete with video of the recording, have been produced and are now available at the family business in Green Lane West, Garstang, and the Asda store in Morecambe. The CD costs £5.
Actress Kate Ford said: “Although I have an incredibly busy working schedule, I am absolutely delighted to have been asked to support such a worthwhile charity as the Ryan Stanford Appeal. I know the CD, ‘I’ll Stand By You’ a song for Ryan, will touch people’s hearts.”
l Ryan’s family are also looking for any other local retailers willing to sell copies of the CD. If you would like to help or learn more about the charity call Anne on or visit the website http://www.ryanstanfordappeal.org.uk/