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Help to make sure vulnerable children are not alone this Christmas

Churches across Cumbria are inviting the local community to come together and celebrate Christingle’s 50th anniversary to support The Children’s Society and show vulnerable children they are not alone this Christmas.

Research from The Children’s Society has found that 200,000 10 to 17 year olds in the UK are experiencing emotional neglect on a regular basis and some are struggling with other difficulties at home that create far from a picture of a happy Christmas.

A number of Christingle services are being held at the end of November, throughout December and beyond. This year, The Children’s Society has created an original song for schoolchildren, congregations or community choirs to include in their Christingle services.

The whole community is welcome to join the festivities and all money raised will go towards helping children dealing with a range of complex issues including violence, abuse and emotional neglect.

Christingle is an opportunity for people of all ages to come together, light a candle and enjoy the warmth and joy of this special festive occasion.It is a celebration named after the Christingles given out at the event – these are oranges decorated with red ribbon, sweets or dried fruits on cocktail sticks and a candle, to highlight different parts of the Christian story.

The Children’s Society brought the Christingle tradition to England 50 years ago and in that time the collections at these events have helped the charity to work with more than a million children and young people. With the help of the local people attending this year’s anniversary Christingle event the charity aims to raise even more crucial funds to help children who are facing Christmas alone.

Matthew Reed, Chief Executive of The Children’s Society, said: “We are truly grateful for the huge difference that Christingle services across Cumbria make to vulnerable children, year after year.

“For thousands of children across the country, Christmas is just another time when they feel like no one cares about them at all. This year we want to help even more of the country’s most vulnerable children, and we hope more people than ever come along to celebrate our 50thanniversary of Christingle and give them the chance to enjoy their first Christmas.”

Support young people by donating to the #Christingle50 campaign or attending a local Christingle Service. The Christingle Song is available to download and listen to or learn for free. For more information, visit

Find your local Christingle service in the table below:

Venue Name  Address 1  City  Postcode  Date  Time
St Michael’s Church Torpenhow Wigton CA7 1HZ 04/12/2018 14:30
Ormsgill Primary School Millbank Barrow In Furness LA14 4AR 19/12/2018 14:00
St Marys Parish Church High Harrington Workington CA14 5PN 24/12/2018 15:30
St Andrews Church Penrith CA11 7XZ 24/12/2018 16:00 & 18:00
St John the Evangelist Church Road Kendal LA8 8PV 24/12/2018 16:00
St John the Baptist Manor Road Carlisle CA2 4LH 24/12/2018 17:00
Kirkby Stephen Parich Church Market Square Kirkby Stephen CA17 4QR 24/12/2018 17:00

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