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Pictures: HRH Duchess of Edinburgh visits Nottingham NSPCC hub

Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Edinburgh, (Sep 28) visited the NSPCC hub in Nottingham to celebrate the 90th birthday of a local fundraiser and to meet the charity’s staff and volunteers.

The Duchess of Edinburgh joined the NSPCC’s Chief Executive Sir Peter Wanless and other distinguished guests, to thank Jenny Farr MBE for 60 years of supporting the child protection charity.

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Her Royal Highness also met local volunteers from Childline and other NSPCC staff who help children and families across the Midlands from the charity’s Cranmer Street hub.

Sir Peter Wanless, NSPCC Chief Executive said: “Jenny is an absolute star and her decades of fundraising work and support for the charity is an inspiration to everyone here at the NSPCC.  It is wonderful that her contribution has been recognised by Her Royal Highness and everyone here today.

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“The visit by the Duchess of Edinburgh has allowed us to celebrate Jenny and all our volunteers for the tremendous work they do. Without them, the NSPCC and Childline couldn’t help children in Nottingham and around the country who need us most.”

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Jenny first became an NSPCC volunteer and committee member in January 1959 and has since been at the forefront of the charity’s vital work in Nottingham where she led a number of high profile campaigns including the Full Stop appeal, which raised around £3 million by 2005.

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In 1984, a £12m appeal was launched to create 60 child protection teams. Within Nottinghamshire, Jenny led the committee which raised £200,000 and enabled the NSPCC to purchase the property in Nottingham’s Cramner Street – named Jenny Farr House.

Jenny Farr MBE said:

“It has been truly wonderful today to meet Her Royal Highness and it is exciting to see the NSPCC and Childline receive recognition for what they do. Together they make a big difference to the lives of so many children, which is vital as the challenges for young people now has grown out of recognition.

“I have been fundraising for the NSPCC for 64 years, with 13 appeals and have raised over £10 million for the charity. Although fundraising can be difficult, it is absolutely vital as the money supports so many of our services and programmes for children.”

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of NSPCC volunteers in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, within the last year over 11,350 children from 56 schools have taken part in the charity’s Speak out Stay safe programme in local schools.

Meanwhile, volunteer counsellors at Nottingham’s Childline have provided more than half a million counselling sessions to children across the country since opening in 1988 and have delivered over 13,350 sessions in the last year alone.

Sandra McNair, NSPCC Assistant Director for the Midlands, said: “It was a great privilege to welcome Her Royal Highness to our hub and introduce her to all the work and projects we run to support and protect children in the Midlands.

“Our volunteers do such amazing work and are all an inspiration for us all to follow. We are always in need of more volunteers to help us in our work to keep children safe, and would love to hear from anyone keen to help us make a difference to children across Nottinghamshire and the Midlands.”

The NSPCC in the Midlands has a host of volunteering opportunities available from volunteering as a Childline counsellor, to leading workshops in schools, helping out at events, or fundraising in your community.

All volunteers are given extensive training to ensure they’re ready for the role, as well as on hand support when needed.

To find out more about volunteering, please visit: www.nspcc.org.uk or email volunteerrecruitment@nspcc.org.uk

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