The Countess of Wessex, who is President of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, will officially open a new children’s service centre, Carole House, in Newcastle-under-Lyme on 29th April.
Carole House was purchased by employees of J.C. Bamford Excavators Limited after they tirelessly fundraised £1 million for the NSPCC to buy and renovate the children’s centre through a campaign called ‘Reaching Out for Children in Staffordshire’.
The new centre has been named after Lady Bamford OBE, who, when speaking about the opening of Carole House, said: “I am immensely proud of the JCB workforce for their efforts in raising so much money for the NSPCC. Their hard work has enabled the purchase of a wonderful new centre which is helping children across Staffordshire who are at risk of abuse and harm”.
After arriving at Carole House, the Countess of Wessex will meet Lady Bamford OBE and NSPCC CEO Peter Wanless. Sophie will then take a tour of the centre, where she will meet staff and unveil a plaque to mark the official opening.
Carole House will deliver a range of new and specialist services in Staffordshire, so to support and prevent neglect and abuse among children in the area.
After her visit to Carole House, the Countess will go on to Rocester to visit the JCB headquarters, where she will open a new exhibition called ‘The Story of JCB’. The exhibition will showcase the the company’s history spanning over nearly 200 years. Sophie will then meet a number of the JCB employees who helped to raise the £1 million needed to purchase Carole House.
Lord Anthony Bamford, who is the JCB Chairman, has said: “We look forward to welcoming HRH The Countess of Wessex to JCB to meet some of the people whose efforts helped raise £1m to help improve the lives of children in Staffordshire”.
The NSPCC Midlands Regional Head of Service, Sandra McNair, commented on the upcoming visit: “Our huge thanks go out to the JCB employees for their fantastic fundraising efforts which have helped us to provide much needed services to vulnerable children in Staffordshire. Their commitment and support has meant that we now have a dedicated centre from which we can provide services and support and continue our work with partners to help improve these children’s lives”.
The NSPCC was established in London the 1880s, and since then it has helped more than 10 million children in the United Kingdom. The charity was honoured with The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award for Volunteering in 2012 after it was recognised for its dedication and commitment to helping children across the country who have been affected by neglect and abuse.
In a speech marking the NSPCC’s Diamond Jubilee in 1944, The Queen commented: “I do not think there is any organisation which performs a more vital service to our country’s welfare”.