Coronation Street star Antony Cotton MBE earned a cash boost for Broughton House Veteran Care Village in Salford when he took part in a celebrity version of the TV quiz show Tipping Point.
Antony, who is an official ambassador of Broughton House, battled it out with chat show host Jonathan Ross and TV presenter and charity campaigner Katie Piper on ITV1’s Tipping Point Lucky Stars in a bid to raise money for their chosen good causes.
After answering questions from host Ben Shephard on topics including politics, music, books and sport, Antony walked away with £2,400 for Broughton House. The episode was screened on Sunday, July 30.
The actor, who plays barman and factory worker Sean Tully in the ITV drama, said afterwards: “I was delighted and honoured to appear on ITV’s Sunday evening edition of Tipping Point, raising much needed funds for Broughton House Veteran Care Village – a charity very close to my heart.
“Broughton House looks after a wide range of military veterans and their families, with compassion, care and camaraderie.
“To be an ambassador of this charity and to say their name out loud on primetime television, was the greatest privilege. Please look them up online and find out about their remarkable work.”
Antony became an ambassador of Broughton House in 2019 in honour of his late grandfather Oswald Cotton, a proud Salfordian who served with the British Army during the second world war.
Antony has made several visits to Broughton House over the years, including spending time handing out Christmas presidents to residents.
Karen Miller, chief executive of Broughton House, said: “We are immensely thankful that Antony chose to support and represent our charity on what is a national stage, being one of the biggest game shows in the UK.
“The funding and the awareness he raised will have a huge benefit for the veteran community throughout the north west. Antony frequently goes above and beyond to support the Armed Forces community throughout the region, and we appreciate the work he continues to do.”
Broughton House has cared for more than 8,000 veterans since it opened its doors to
the ex-service community in 1916. Recently it has been transformed in a £12.5m scheme into a complex with a 64-bed care home and independent living apartments, an array of modern facilities, a museum, gym, hairdressing and barber’s salon, and a restaurant and bar for residents.
There is also an Armed Forces Support Hub which provides welfare support and counselling for ex-service people of all ages living in the local community.