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Travel Company explores new ways to fundraise for NSPCC School Service

Kathleen Palmer from the NSPCC and Abby from Cockermouth Travel

An independent travel company in Cumbria has raised £563 for the NSPCC’s school service with a series of themed travel evenings.

Cockermouth Travel has over the past 12 months hosted a series of themed travel evenings to prospective holiday makers from Norway to Japan and beyond; bringing in experts to lead talks on culture and exploration.

Hundreds of people attended the events, which were also stocked with wine, nibbles, and juices. Attendees donated £2.50 each, which Cockermouth Travel kindly match-funded.

Paul Cusack, Managing Director at Cockermouth Travel, said “We feel as a business it’s really important to put something back in to the community that supports us, and this is one of the ways we contribute.

“We held a series of evenings to teach people about the different destinations we feature, this year it was South Africa, New Zealand, India, Hurtigruten Coastal voyages & Japan. At the end of the year Cockermouth Travel match the figure collected and donated it all to charity.”

Sandra Jones, Community Fundraising Manager for NSPCC Cumbria, said “We are so thankful that Cockermouth Travel has raised this money for the NSPCC school service through it’s innovative, travel-themed evenings.

“We believe it’s important that our Speak out. Stay safe. programme is available to every primary aged pupil at no cost to the school. As a charity we can only do this thanks to our many generous supporters and amazing volunteers.”

It costs just £3 to reach one primary school child to teach them how to recognise abuse and neglect and empower them to speak out if they are worried about anything.

In the last academic year alone our wonderful volunteers spoke to 10,871 children, visiting 103 schools across Cumbria. But we want to visit every school and speak to every child.

Sandra added: “Thanks to the money raised by Cockermouth Travel we can reach even more children to educate them on abuse and how to look after themselves.”

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