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Preston charity launches year-long 90th anniversary celebration

Posted on - 30th January, 2024 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Plungington, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Caritas Care colleagues celebrating the charity's 90th anniversary
Caritas Care colleagues celebrating the charity’s 90th anniversary

Deputy Mayor Phil Crowe was the guest of honour at Caritas Care’s Launch Luncheon as the local charity began a year of celebrations to mark its 90th anniversary. 

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Since its founding in 1934, Caritas Care has been committed to improving the lives of individuals and families throughout the North West.

With a history spanning over the past nine decades, Caritas Care has evolved and grown, adapting to the changing needs of the community and increasing its services to address a wide range of issues and challenges.

To kick-start their 90th anniversary the charity invited a member of staff from each of its services, Deputy Mayor Phil Crowe, Father Sam from Sacred Heart Church and Mary Leavy, the Chair of the Trustees, to attend a small launch luncheon to talk about the history of the charity and to celebrate the work of the charity past and present.

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Susan Swarbrick, CEO at Caritas Care said: “It’s important that we acknowledge our 90th year and celebrate the work we have achieved over the decades.  As we celebrate this incredible milestone, it’s a time to reflect on the remarkable journey of Caritas Care, its impact on an unlimited number of lives, and the commitment that has provided almost a century of innovative work in the community.

“We have a dedicated team of staff, volunteers, and supporters who all work tirelessly day in day out to make a positive impact on the lives of the people we work with. It’s also a year to acknowledge and give thanks to them for their part in making Caritas Care the charity it is today.”

The charity officially celebrates its 90th anniversary on Friday 8 November this year, but will be hosting a series of events to celebrate the milestone.

These events will include a tea party on Saturday 9 March at Plungington Community Centre, a 40-mile walking challenge in May and Disability Pride on Thursday 20 June in partnership with Disability Equality North West (DENW).

As part of the celebration, Caritas Care are appealing to organisations and individuals to donate to its ‘£90 for 90 Years’ campaign. The donations will enable the charity to go the extra mile in its services and offer more than the minimum level of support, such as providing: 

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  • Two hours of therapeutic support for a child
  • A sensory session for six adults with learning needs
  • Bedding for a resident moving out of the homeless hostel into their own accommodation
  • Provisions for three Meet and Eat free hot meal events at its Community Centre

Susan added: “Our commitment to the children, young people, families and community we work with remains as strong as ever, and we look forward to continuing our mission in the years to come. Support from donations will certainly help us to continue to reach our goals and give people the chances, choices and opportunities to live the best lives they can.”

For more information about Caritas Care’s 90th anniversary celebrations and how to donate, visit the Caritas Care website or contact Susan Swarbrick on 01772 732313.

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