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05.09.23 – 70th Anniversary of School Crossing Patrol Service, JCB’s NSPCC Appeal

Written by on 5 September 2023

Lollipop men and women from across Staffordshire celebrated the 70th anniversary of the School Crossing Patrol service.

The service was created in 1953 with the first official patrol starting the year after. While the uniform and sign have changed slightly to meet modern standards, and patrols can now stop traffic to cross any pedestrian, adult or child, the role is essentially the same today as it was 70 years ago.

Staffordshire has more than 220 patrols, working outside schools and busy sections of roads, including people from all walks of life. Currently the youngest patrol is 26 and the oldest is 83.

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HUNDREDS of cyclists are set to climb into the saddle this month to put some pedal power into JCB’s £2 million NSPCC Appeal.

The cycling event on Sunday, September 17th will cover three picturesque routes around Staffordshire and Derbyshire. All money raised will go to the NSPCC Appeal which will fund the charity’s work in Staffordshire.

The initiative is the brainchild of JCB Principal Electrical Engineer Aaron Turner who founded the JCB Cycling Club and has been cycling for more than a decade. The event – called the JCB Sportive – will start and finish at the company’s World HQ in Rocester. Last year’s inaugural event attracted 250 riders and raised £10,000 for the charity.

JCB launched its £2 million NSPCC Appeal – the biggest in its history – in July. The appeal will culminate in 2025 when the company celebrates its 80th birthday – and 40 years of support for the UK’s leading children’s charity.