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The NSPCC’s Isle of Wight charity shop is appealing for people across the island to donate their unwanted Christmas gifts so they can be used to generate funds for the charity’s services.

The shop, which is based on the corner of Shooters Hill in Cowes, is 1 of only 3 NSPCC charity shops in the whole country and has been a part of the community since it opened its doors in 1982.

The charity shop wants people to drop off items that they do not need or want so they can raise vital funds for its services, such the Speak Out Stay Safe programme which teaches children about the signs of abuse and who to go to for help should they ever need it.

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The service is delivered by specially trained volunteers who provide free child-friendly, interactive assemblies for children aged 4-11 plus a one hour classroom workshop for children in Years 5 and 6.

During the last school year (September 2016 – July 2017), the NSPCC spoke to more than 2,600 primary school children across the Isle of Wight.

Belinda Hussey, Manager of the NSPCC’s Isle of Wight charity shop said:

“Christmas is a time of year when people are inundated with gifts from friends, loved ones and colleagues which they may not need or want, so why not put them to good use by donating them to the NSPCC’s charity shop in Cowes?

“Don’t throw them away – every penny raised for the NSPCC can help us to make a big difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable children.  Just drop your unwanted gifts off at 10 Shooters Hill, Cowes PO31 7BG.”

£3 could help the NSPCC reach one primary school child on the Isle of Wight with its Speak Out Stay Safe service, while £4 could answer a call to Childline.

To find out more about other ways to fundraise for the NSPCC, either by taking part in an event such as the Isle of Wight Challenge, or organising your own local events, visit www.nspcc.org.uk/what-you-can-do/do-your-own-fundraising.

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