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Carlisle Station to help shine a light on childhoods

Carlisle Railway Station is illuminating green in support of the NSPCC’s ‘Light For Every Childhood’ Christmas campaign.

On Thursday 28th November, the iconic building will be lit in the charity’s distinctive green to help raise awareness of the campaign and make sure every child knows how and where to speak out about abuse.

This year’s campaign also coincides with ‘Get Your Sparkle On’ on 11 December. The charity is encouraging people across the nation to add some sparkle to their Christmas celebrations, whether wearing sparkly accessories, baking, or crafting sparkly goodies, to fundraise for the charity.

Peter Wanless, Chief Executive of the NSPCC said: “We’re extremely grateful that Carlisle Station will be turning green to help raise awareness of the NSPCC’s ‘Light For Every Childhood’ Christmas campaign and encourage everyone to ‘get their sparkle on’ in Cumbria.

“It’s easy for anyone to take part in Get Your Sparkle On this December 11 – whether you’re just wearing a sparkly jumper, or organising a sparkling bake-off at work, every single penny raised will go towards helping children and young people get the help they need this Christmas”.

Mark Green, Virgin Trains Station Manager at Carlisle, said: “We are proud to be lighting up Carlisle station in support of the NSPCC – a charity we have helped locally over the last two years. We hope this will encourage the people of Carlisle to get onboard with the NSPCC’s Get Your Sparkle On campaign in December and raise money for this great cause.”

Sandra Jones, Fundraising Manager for NSPCC Cumbria, said: “The local support from Carlisle station really makes a difference to our work in the area. The bookshelf fundraiser has helped us to support even more children and families in Carlisle, and we are very excited that the station will be lighting up green to show our partnered dedication of preventing cruelty to children.”

One in five children in the UK have suffered abuse – and this Christmas Childline counsellors will speak to hundreds of children about issues including suicidal feelings and self-harm – when they often have nowhere else to turn.

The NSPCC is here to help, but sadly one in three calls to its Childline service will go unanswered. That’s why every penny raised is so vital.

Every sparkle, every sequin and every pound raised for the NSPCC helps protect children. Just £3 helps our Speak Out Stay Safe programme teach a primary school pupil how to recognise abuse and get help, and £90 will provide a special assembly to 30 primary school pupils.

For more information on how to donate or how you can get involved with Get Your Sparkle On go to www.nspcc.org.uk

Adults worried about a child’s welfare can call the NSPCC’s Helpline 24/7 on 0808 800 5000.

Children and young people can call Childline on 0800 1111 or visit www.childline.org.uk

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