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Skip-ping for joy at NSPCC donation

A skip hire company in Cumbria has donated more than three thousand pounds to the NSPCC.

Between October 1st and December 31st, Brampton skip hire donated £1 for every skip they used to the NSPCC, amounting to an amazing £3,694. Sweeney Insurance Associates kindly donated an additional £200 making the grand total £3,894.

Rick Allan, the owner of the company, decided that he wanted to fundraise for the NSPCC after seeing the latest figures on child sexual abuse in Cumbria.

He said: “I recently contacted NSPCC and asked if I could meet with them and was both appalled and astounded by what they told me happens on our doorstep in Cumbria.

“I had no idea the scale of abuse that many children in Cumbria are being subjected to and witnessing things a child should never have to see.”

Data obtained by the NSPCC in October 2019 revealed that the number of sexual offences against a child had peaked in the county, with 1,037 offences being recorded in 2018/19. This figure has risen by 141% since 2014/15 in Cumbria alone.

After finding out these figures, Rick chose to fundraise for the NSPCC, to help the charity support children in Cumbria.

He said: “Childhood shapes who we become – So I say let’s help these kids become great!”

Sandra Jones, Community Fundraising Manager for the NSPCC, said “We are so pleased that Brampton Skip Hire company are helping us fight for every childhood in Cumbria.

“The statistics on child abuse are appalling, but the NSPCC is determined to end child cruelty, and help children to rebuild their lives.”

With that in mind, some of the funds raised by the company will be going towards an NSPCC therapeutic programme delivered in Carlisle, called ‘Letting the Future In’. This service is delivered by trained practitioners, and helps children who have been sexually abused to rebuild their lives and develop their confidence.

Children aged 4 to 17 are invited into special play-therapy rooms, and then they do things like messy play, writing, storytelling and art to help express feelings that they can’t put into words.

The programme aims to support them to recover from the impact of the abuse and work on strengthening the important supportive relationship between the child and their carers.

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