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Carlisle police and staff raise money for local services through book club

PCs Tallantire and Watson presenting a cheque to students at James Rennie School.

[M]oney raised through the sale of second-hand books donated by officers and staff at Durranhill Police Station has raised over £1,500 since its introduction.

Last week PCs Lori Tallantire and Mike Watson presented a cheque to James Rennie School in Carlisle for £200.

The book club has raised funds for other local services including Hospice at Home, Cumberland Infirmary Heart Unit and the Special Care Baby Unit.

PC Mike Watson said: “We are really pleased to be able to donate money to such important local services through the sale of second-hand books between officers and staff.

“The book club’s popularity is on the increase and we hope to raise more money for local services in the future.”

Liz Davison, Deputy Headteacher, at James Rennie School, said: “We were very grateful that Mike and Lori chose to support our school through the sale of second hand books. It was lovely for the students that Mike and Lori were able to come and present the cheque personally and attend our assembly where they answered questions from the students.

“We are intending to put the money towards one of our school council projects. Last year, our school council developed an anti-bullying strategy to be used in school, part of the strategy was to have listening benches in the playground for ‘talking buddies’. The money that has been raised will go towards providing these benches.”

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