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Friday, 21 November 2014

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Cumbria Rape Crisis trustees step down

Trustees of a West Cumbrian charity, which was on the brink of collapse last year, have resigned.

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RETIRING: Carol Tindall

Cumbria Rape Crisis was set up more than 20 years ago to help victims of rape and serious sexual crime.

Carol Tindall, of Flimby, has been the charity’s chairwoman for 20 years.

She said new trustees, who have not yet been named, were due to take up their positions from tomorrow at the charity’s annual meeting in the CVS offices on Selby Terrace, Maryport, at 10am.

She said: “There were various personal reasons for retiring but the main one was that most of us have been trustees for many years and it is time we made way for a new board.”

The other trustees who have resigned are Paul Butler, of Harrington, Christine Ostle, of Embleton, and Kelly Pattinson, of Carlisle.

The charity hit a crisis point last October when it revealed that unless it could find emergency funding it would have to close its doors to the hundreds of victims which it supports every year.

A campaign raised more than £25,000 to keep it afloat and Miss Tindall said its future was looking more promising.

She said: “The establishment of a sexual assault referral centre in Penrith and an increased number of independent sexual violence advisors will certainly help its survival.”

Miss Tindall, who has also been a counsellor for the charity, became involved with the group when she was invited to a meeting.

She added: “I was asked to advise them on finance and somehow ended up in the chair.

“On a personal level I will miss it deeply. I have worked with some wonderful volunteers over the years.

“This is a tough job and yet so many of the volunteers have remained with us for many years. I am grateful to them.

“You deal with some harrowing situations but thanks to our wonderful volunteers we have managed to help many of these victims.

“I wish the new trustees all the best for the future.”

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