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Cumbria Constabulary announces new Charity of the Year

Jigsaw , Eden Valley Hospice

[C]umbria Police have chosen Jigsaw, Cumbrian Children’s Hospice, as their Charity of the Year for the next two consecutive years.

The charity cares for children and young adults with life-limiting conditions across Cumbria and close surrounding areas, providing personalised and respite care to children and families at their purpose-built hospice in Carlisle.

Chief Constable, Michelle Skeer said: “We are excited to be supporting such a deserving cause, and I was humbled by my recent visit to the hospice.

“The facilities provided by Jigsaw are fantastic, it is inspiring to see the compassion from the Jigsaw team and the lengths they will all go to, to provide a ‘home-away-from-home’ environment. The atmosphere in the hospice is moving, it is happy, fun and upbeat, and I feel privileged to be raising vital funds and awareness, for this deserving charity.

Superintendent, Sarah Jackson said: “The support available to the terminally ill children, those with life-limiting conditions and their families is simply incredible. The hospice provides uplifting activities and the children’s spirits and bravery is amazing.

Superintendent, Vicki Ellis said: “We are all excited to be raising funds for this vital charity, we will be organising fundraising activities such as fashion shows, charity balls and bake sales, and we will also be providing donation sites in our station for officers and staff members to fill with clothing and accessories to be sold in the Jigsaw charity shops.

“The charity also offer a fantastic line-up of public events that we will be getting involved in and I would encourage anyone considering a challenge to get involved too.”

Upcoming challenge events for the charity:

  • Carlisle Colour Run, Sunday, 13th May
  • Great Manchester Run, Sunday, 20th May
  • Morecambe Bay Walk, Sunday 19th August
  • Great North Run, Sunday, 9th September

Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall said: “Jigsaw do a fantastic job, providing help and support to families when they most need it. I have every confidence that Cumbria Constabulary will do a great job fund-raising for this vitally important service for families in Cumbria.”

Janet Ferguson, Interim Chief Executive at Jigsaw: “We are all excited about working with Cumbria Police over the coming two years to raise vital awareness about the care and support we provide to children and young adults with life limiting illnesses and their families. It is an excellent opportunity for the staff from two organisations who work across the whole of Cumbria to come together and support children, young adults and families from across our community.

“The money raised during the partnership really will make a huge difference to Jigsaw. It costs £2,126.46 of community fundraising to Pay For a Day of Care here at Jigsaw and all fundraising really does make a difference.”

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