Comedy Night Will Help in Fight Against Child Abuse

A night of comedy at a Carlisle hotel will raise funds for the NSPCC’s fight to end child abuse.

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

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Fran Garrity

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 that is embarking on a week-long sponsored trek of the Great Wall of China.

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.

Sandra said: “It 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.

Melanie Kinsella

“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.”

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 the NSPCC helpline responded to 80 calls and emails from Cumbria for advice about keeping children safe, and 276 referrals were made from the helpline to local agencies such as the police and children’s services. During that period staff at the NSPCC Service Centre in Carlisle directly worked with 131 children.

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

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

Check out the NSPCC North West and Cumbria Facebook page


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