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Members of a Gloucestershire fundraising committee have been celebrating after clocking up more than 275 years supporting the NSPCC.

The Nailsworth and Amberley Combined Committee were awarded long service certificates by the children’s charity for their milestone achievements.

The Gloucestershire group is one of many across the country who work hard to organise fundraising events and raise money for the charity to support its work in keeping children safe.

Among those receiving certificates was committee chair Jane Fearnley who had racked up 50 years of raising money for the NSPCC.

She said: “When I was a little girl my mother used to go house to house collecting money for the NSPCC, I grew up with it. After we moved here, after we got married, the local doctor’s wife asked me if I would like to join their meeting and I did.

“We have done a huge variety of things and we have always had a very good team – you can’t do this unless you have a very good team.”

Jane said that it had come as a surprise to the group that they had accumulated so many of years of volunteering for the charity. “We had never really thought about it in terms of a total across the committee so it was quite a revelation when we were told how many years we had done.

“It is a wonderful charity and we are glad to put the word about and get all the support we can to raise as much as we can to support the NSPCC’s work. Everybody on the committee works hard, it is brilliant, we have good fun.”

Jane said that she had made many lifelong friends through her involvement with the committee and said that she looked forward to the events they continue to hold.

She added: “We have a lot of very good supporters so we know that we will always be able to sell tickets for our events. We now have around two or three major events through the year and they are always well supported.”

Emma Hildesley, NSPCC Community Fundraising Manager for Gloucestershire, said: “It was a pleasure to present the recognition and reward service awards to the ladies on the Nailsworth and Amberley Committee. We are always so grateful to fundraising committees like this who volunteer their support and raise funds for the NSPCC

“The NSPCC is reliant on fundraising from volunteers to ensure that we can continue to provide services which will keep children safe and prevent child abuse. We would always be interested to hear from anyone who might like to get involved and become a volunteer.”

One of the events organised by the Nailsworth and Amberley Committee is a quiz and supper which is set to take place on Friday April 26 at 7pm at Amberley Parish Rooms. Tickets cost £15 and include a supper. To book a place contact Jane Fearnley on 01453 872296.

The committee is also currently seeking a new volunteer treasurer – if anyone is interested in the role or if you would like to find out more about becoming a volunteer fundraiser for the NSPCC contact Emma Hildesley via email emma.hildesley@nspcc.org.uk

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