Oct 13 2011 by Rachel Flint, Chester Chronicle
A FAMOUS actress has returned to her roots to support a charity which helps people with serious illnesses or disabilities.
Chester-born former Frodsham High School student Emma Cunniffe, 37, who has performed in front of packed audiences on the stage and on TV screens across the country travelled back to neighbouring Helsby last week.
The actress, who has recently starred in Doctor Who, Holby City and Casualty, took a break from performing in Edward II at the Manchester Royal Exchange, and travelled back to her roots to support a cause close to her heart.
Emma, who attended Frodsham High School as a teenager, met members of the Will to Work Workshop, which helps seriously ill or disabled residents with a environment to work and socialise.
The actress, who has been patron of the group since it was formed, watched as the group unveiled new tee markers and bins handcrafted from wood in the High School classrooms at Helsby Golf Club last week.
The 30-strong team created the bins which will be displayed at each hole in the course and will be offered up for sponsorship for local companies and businesses to raise money for charity.
Speaking about the work created by the group Emma said: “I think that it is wonderful.
“Being able to see the finished product after watching the club grow and develop over the years is fantastic. It is very moving to see all of their work and knowing that it is going to be at the golf club where I have so many memories forever.”
Emma, who has close ties with the golf club which commissioned the tee markers and bins, as both her parents and brother have served in prestigious roles including captain and president of the club.
“I live in London and I’m not a great golfer but it is nice to come back and see everyone and support such a good cause.”
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