Crake Valley Croquet Club has announced the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) will be its designated charity for the year 2024.

The Croquet Club, which is committed to supporting the community, will raise funds to go towards keeping children in the region safe.

Graham Jowett, chairman of Crake Valley Croquet Club, expressed his enthusiasm for the collaboration.

He said: "We are thrilled to embark on this journey with NSPCC (South Cumbria) as our charity of choice for 2024. As a club rooted in our community, we recognise the importance of supporting organisations like NSPCC that strive to make a tangible difference in the lives of children and families."

Using voluntary donations, which make up over 80 per cent of NSPCC North West funding, the organisation helps children who’ve been abused to rebuild their lives. The charity protects children at risk and finds the best ways of preventing child abuse from ever happening. 

Loretta Blackburn, chair of the South Cumbria Fundraisers committee, said: “NSPCC works tirelessly to protect children from abuse, provide support to those affected, and advocate for policies that safeguard children's rights. Through fundraising efforts, Crake Valley Croquet Club aims to contribute to NSPCC's vital mission and create lasting positive impact within the local community.”

NSPCC North West Community Fundraising Manager Janette Drew said: “We’re really grateful to Crake Valley Croquet Club for choosing us as their charity of choice.  

“Our Childline service provides a safe, confidential place for children with no one else to turn to, whatever their worry, whenever they need help. “Children can contact Childline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  

“Our free NSPCC Helpline provides adults with a place they can get advice and support, share their concerns about a child or get general information about child protection. Adults can contact the Helpline 365 days a year.”