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As the saying goes ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’. With that in mind the NSPCC is appealing to people who may be spring cleaning their home over the bank holiday weekend to stop and think before throwing things away.

Instead, items that are in good condition can be donated to the NSPCC shop in Shooters Hill, Cowes, to help generate vital funds for the charity. Donations can include clothes, toys, shoes, chinaware, jewellery – basically anything that is no longer needed or wanted.

The money raised through the sale of the goods will help fund NSPCC services such as its Speak out Stay safe programme.

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Specially trained volunteers deliver free child-friendly, interactive assemblies to children aged 4-11 which teach them about the signs of abuse and who to go to for help should they ever need it, including the NSPCC’s Childline service. Children in Years 5 and 6 also take part in a one hour classroom workshop.

During the last academic school year (2017/18), the NSPCC spoke to more than 3,470 primary school children and visited 16 schools across the Isle of Wight via the service.

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

“Over the bank holiday weekend I’m sure lots of us will be spring cleaning our homes in a bid to declutter.

“So if at the end of it all you have large or small items you no longer want or need, why not put them to good use and drop them off at the NSPCC shop which can be found at 10 Shooters Hill, Cowes PO31 7BG.

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”Every penny raised for the NSPCC can help us to make a big difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable children.”

It costs £3 for the NSPCC to reach one primary school child on the Isle of Wight via 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 visit www.nspcc.org.uk/what-you-can-do/do-your-own-fundraising.


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