Tributes have been paid to dedicated mental health campaigner Tom McAlpine, the father of Coronation Street star Jennie McAlpine.
Mr McAlpine passed away on Thursday at home, according to the charity he founded.
Tom, whose daughter Jennie plays Fiz in Coronation Street, was chair of Manchester mental health charity Moodswings.
In a post shared on Facebook, representatives from Moodswings said they would be continuing the ‘great work and cause that [Tom] was so passionate about’.
“We are sad to inform you that our beloved Chair Tom McAlpine OBE, passed away peacefully at home yesterday,” the post said.
“It is a great shock and to all who knew him a great loss. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.
“We will be continuing the great work and cause that he was so passionate about and recognised for. Our groups and activities will continue next week as usual, and details will follow in due course in regards to any arrangements.
“Thank you for your ongoing support.”
Mr McAlpine was awarded an OBE in 2012 for his 40 years of service to mental health care.
His roles include work as a psychiatric social worker, as well as working with various Government departments, the police and voluntary agencies.
He was often pictured at charity and social events in Manchester with his daughter at events and helped her and husband Chris Farr launch their first restaurant Annies together, just off St Ann’s Square, in 2012.
The Manchester Evening News has contacted Ms McAlpine for comment.
The above report by the Manchester Evening News first appeared on Saturday, 4 Th March 2017. Tom McAlpine OBE passed away on Thursday 2 nd March 2017 at home, according to the Mood Swings the charity he founded.
Tom was a friend and a supporter of Manchester Users Network and all his friends at MUN and at the hospital offer our sincere sympathies to his family and many friends at the sad passing of Tom McAlpine OBE (RIP).