Eastenders actress joins Redbridge volunteers for charity project

An Eastenders star is joining a group of young volunteers from Redbridge to raise funds for a new project helping people with learning disabilities.

Kellie Shirley, who played Carly Wicks in the BBC One soap, will attend the Redbridge Changemakers community impact project on Wednesday.

From 10am to 1pm, some of the group will be bag-packing at the Wanstead Co-op, in the High Street and later the group will meet in Ray Park to sell cupcakes.

All profits will go towards the project.

Redbridge Changemaker Glen Thomas, 16, said: “The group is important to me because we get to meet with MPs and tell them what we want. We have learnt to campaign and how to make people listen to us.”

Changemakers is run by learning disability Mencap.

It asks young people with learning disabilities to identify what they want to change in their local community and make it happen with volunteering projects.

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The group visited Leyton and Wanstead MP, John Cryerm, in Parliament with their plans last week.