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NSPCC marks three decades of care for children in Cumbria

A new campaign has been launched to mark the occasion Photo: ITV Border

The NSPCC in Cumbria is marking the 30th anniversary of its service centre in Carlisle.

Thousands of children have been helped by the charity in Chatsworth Square across the county over the last three decades.

To mark the opening 30 years on, a new campaign has been launched in the area.

NSPCC’s 30 Years Together For Childhoods Appeal has been set up to encourage the community to help improve the look of the centre and upgrade its facilities.

This includes new toys for children to use in therapy sessions.

The Chief Executive, Peter Wanless, joined the Deputy Mayor of Carlisle, Councillor Jessica Riddle, journalist Fiona Armstrong Councillor & Demonstration Chef John Crouch, at a special event earlier today to mark the occasion and reveal the campaign.

The centre was officially opened in 1987 by HRH Princess Margaret Credit: CUMBRIAN NEWSPAPERS LTD

Carlisle Service Centre currently provides help for children involved with sexual abuse through services such as The Future In, Protect & Respect, and Turn The Page.

The Chair of the North Cumbria Branch Fundraising Committee said:

The atmosphere at the Carlisle centre is so warm and welcoming with the fabulous staff fully focused on the young people they help. I couldn’t help but think how much better it could all be for a lick of paint.

I hope that the people of Carlisle will get behind the launch of this new campaign through donations, both financial and practical so we can ensure that the children who are helped by the NSPCC in Cumbria over the next 30 years are helped in surroundings that make them feel safe and secure."

– Juliet Westoll MBE, Chair, North Cumbria Branch Fundraising Committee,

The service centre Manager said:

It is tremendous that the NSPCC has been able to commit to Cumbria for so many years. I am so proud that all involved - be they staff or volunteers - show such dedication day in, day out.

They make a huge difference to all our children’s lives and to the NSPCC’s fight for every childhood.”

– Iain McKay, Service Manager, NSPCC