Spamalot stars in charity shop launch

Three stars from smash hit comedy musical Spamalot took a break from their search for the Holy Grail to help launch a charity card shop in Norwich.

Todd Carty, Hayley Tamaddon and James Gaddas spent time at the Forum in Norwich to help prepare for the opening of the Cards for Good Causes shop.

The trio are starring in Spamalot, a musical based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which opened at the Theatre Royal on Monday.

Mr Carty, best known for his roles as Tucker Jenkins in Grange Hill and Mark Fowler in EastEnders, has not visited the city before.

He said: 'We've only been here for a few hours so I haven't seen much of the city yet, but I shall be heading out and exploring the mean streets of Norwich while I'm here.'

James Gaddas, best known as Neil Grayling from ITV series Bad Girls, said he enjoyed returning to the city after helping with an appeal for Bryan Gunn's cancer charity.

Former Emmerdale actress and Dancing on Ice star Hayley Tamaddon said: 'The charities that the card shop helps are great causes, and the card shop does really well every year for them.'

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Cards for Good Causes is counting down to the shop opening on October 12, when it will sell cards, gifts, advent candles and calendars to raise money for more than 300 charities.

Manager Louise Lawes said: 'The shop will be open seven days a week, staffed mostly by volunteers, until December 16.

'In Norwich we sell a lot of cards for East Anglia Air Ambulance and Big C, and this year for the first time we will be selling Help for Heroes cards.'

A charity Christmas card shop will also be open at the Assembly House, Theatre Street, Norwich, from October 18 to December 18.

It will be open from 9.30am to 5pm Monday to Saturday, and 12 noon to 4pm on Sunday.

Are you doing something for charity during the festive season? Call reporter Mary Hamilton on 01603 772418 or email