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Carlisle comedy night will raise funds for NSPCC

[A] night of comedy at a Carlisle hotel will raise funds for the NSPCC’s fight for every childhood.

The Laugh Yourself Better event will feature award-winning comedian Fran Garrity and stand-up comic Carl Gillespie.

The evening, being held at the Crown and Mitre Hotel, has been organised by Sandra Jones, who is the NSPCC’s fundraising manager for Cumbria.

Sandra is part of a team of NSPCC staff and supporters who are embarking on a week-long sponsored trek of the Great Wall of China in October.

The comedy night is one of a number of events, which will raise sponsorship for the trek and ultimately go to help the children’s charity protect more children from abuse and neglect.

In 2016/17 there were 547 sexual offences against children under the age of 16 recorded by police in Cumbria. Also in the region, there were 413 children subject to a child protection plan and 660 young people in care.

Last year, 276 referrals were made from the NSPCC helpline to local agencies such as the police and children’s services in Cumbria. During that period, staff at the NSPCC Service Centre in Carlisle worked directly with 131 children.

Sandra said: “The comedy night has all the ingredients to be a very enjoyable evening, with these two very funny comedians and fantastic musical entertainment from Melanie Kinsella and Fireball, and a disco to end the night.

“We have been training hard for our trek and we would like to raise as much money as we can in sponsorship. All the money raised will go to support the invaluable work of the NSPCC.”

Rebecca Lynch, Conference and Events Manager at the hotel, said: “It has always been a very popular and successful evening, so we are expecting the same again this year. We’re delighted to be hosting this event, which is for a very good cause.”

Any businesses which would like to sponsor the trek or help with fundraising, should contact Sandra on 0759 0450647 or email [email protected]

Tickets for the comedy night, which will take place on July 27 from 7pm until late, cost £12.50 each. They can be purchased from the Crown and Mitre Hotel, in English Street; the Dutch Uncle, in Carlyle’s Court; and from Sandra.

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