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Corrie's Chris Harper will help fight child sexual abuse even after Nathan is sent down

Release Date: 05 Oct 2017

Coronation Street star Chris Harper has been announced as Barnardo's new celebrity ambassador.

The actor, who plays tanning salon owner Nathan Curtis in the long-running ITV soap will support Barnardo's work with victims of child sexual abuse and exploitation.

New Barnardo’s ambassador Chris Harper said:

Since joining the cast of Coronation Street I’ve had the privilege of helping to shed light on the hidden crimes of child sexual abuse and exploitation.

Working on Corrie’s grooming storyline has helped bring these issues into the public consciousness, something that organisations like Barnardo’s have been working tirelessly to do for decades.

Sadly, Bethany’s story is not pure fiction; children and young people all over the country go through this kind of abuse and exploitation every day.

That’s why I’m delighted to announce that I’ve joined Barnardo’s as a celebrity ambassador. Even after my character Nathan is locked up I’ll be doing my bit to help Barnardo’s support vulnerable children who have been sexually abused.

Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan said:

Chris’s work on Coronation Street has been invaluable in highlighting the hidden crimes of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

He has helped to show the nation how master manipulators like his character Nathan Curtis work their way into the lives of children and young people to groom them for sex.

Chris has proven to be a very important ally in our fight against sexual abuse and exploitation of children and I’m thrilled to welcome him to Barnardo’s as our new celebrity ambassador.

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