You may have seen a recent edition of game show All Star Family Fortunes on ITV during which Coronation Street star Catherine Tyldesley and her team won £10,000…
However, Catherine caused a storm of controversy when she revealed that the money was going to a charity that helps the families of prisoners.
Hundreds of viewers took to Twitter to express their disgust at the move, with one user of the social networking site branding Catherine’s actions as “tasteless” while others angrily claimed that charities working for the victims of crime were more deserving.
However, Catherine – who has apparently often visited prisoners who have no family or friends to visit them inside – defended her decision about where the money would go, saying, “Children and families of prisoners are innocent and often left with nothing.”
Some of those who criticized Catherine remarked that it was particularly insensitive of her to donate the money to that particular charity given that it was around the twentieth anniversary of James Bulger’s death. James was of course murdered by Jon Venables and Robert Thompson.
James’ mother Denise Fergus said she “couldn’t believe” Catherine’s choice, and James’ father Stuart branded the donation, “ill advised.”
Speaking to The Sun, he added, “There are so many more deserving charities. What about the victims’ families?”
However, while many people criticized Catherine – who plays the role of Eva Price on Corrie – there were several others who supported her decision, with one Twitter user remarking, “families don’t get to choose who they’re born to etc, the children are the victims. just as much as the actual victims xxx”
Another added, “Bang right. Charity is about helping the helpless, not just the popular cuddly ones. Well played Cath”
What do you think of this debacle? Let us know!
For now, here’s a look at Catherine on Corrie…