Cadets raise more than £400 for Corby and Kettering's street pastors

Cadets have raised more than £400 in support of the street pastors who help people stay safe on a night out.

Tuesday, 13th December 2016, 5:01 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 12:36 pm
Cadets have raised more than £400 in support of the street pastors who help people stay safe on a night out

Members of Northamptonshire Emergency Services Cadets gave up their time to help shoppers pack their groceries at Kettering’s Morrisons store to raise donations for the work of the Kettering and Corby Street Pastors.

The money will go towards the pastors’ fund to pay for safe transport home for vulnerable people they come across when out in the Kettering and Corby areas.

A number of the cadets handed over the cheque for £479.71 to the Corby street pastors on Friday.

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Kirsty Swallow from the Corby street pastors team said: “We are going to use the money to fund a taxi service to get the most vulnerable people that we come across home safely.

“It could be someone that has got themselves into a situation and we see them as in danger so the best thing to do is to get them home safely.”

Kirsty said the street pastors work closely with the police and doorstaff when they go out on Friday and Saturday nights between 11pm and 3am, and the cadets’ fundraising to help with their work was really appreciated.

She added: “It’s brilliant, it is massively supportive.”

PC Brad Wilson from Corby Town SCT said: “Northamptonshire Police would like to extend their thanks to the cadets for their hard work in contributing such a fantastic sum of money for a very worthwhile charity.

“It is all with the aim of keeping people safe, particularly keeping them safe from harm, through the excellent work of the street pastors.”

PC Wilson also thanked Morrisons in Kettering for their support with the bag pack on October 30.

Jill Cannings, a member of the Corby street pastors, said the response they get from members of the public when they are out and about is really positive, and she added: “In the four years that I have been doing this, it sounds dramatic but I would say we have saved three lives.”

Speaking about the street pastors and their work, Corby Inspector Julie Mead said: “They have such a calming effect on the night-time economy.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about the street pastors or volunteering with them can click {|here| or call Wayne Wagner on 07885 729678.