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Crisis hits rape advice service
A rape crisis charity serving the whole of Northamptonshire is struggling to stay float as it battles to meet a 30,000 funding gap.

Northamptonshire Rape and Incest Crisis Centre (NRICC) is appealing for help to meet the shortfall for the next financial year.

Manager Marijke Moriarty said despite an increased workload the centre has not received any extra cash.

If the centre closes its clients will have to travel to Milton Keynes, Bucks.

The charity, which is based in Northampton and Kettering, offers face-to-face and telephone help to hundreds of victims a year.

It employs four paid staff, four face-to-face support workers who provide counselling and support services as well as personal and medical advice, all in confidence.

If we close our clients would have to travel up to 30 miles away to Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire
Marijke Moriarty, manager of NRICC

Miss Moriarty said: "The loss of the centre would be extremely detrimental to Northamptonshire as it is the only one of its kind in the county. We have had 112 clients since the beginning of April including five new ones today.

"If we close our clients would have to travel up to 30 miles away to Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire."

In 1985 there were 84 rape crisis centres in England and Wales, but now there are only 32.

"The centres are closing quite regularly", Miss Moriarty said. "The rape centre in High Wycombe closed only last week."

NRICC is part funded by Northamptonshire County Council and Northampton Borough Council and has to make up the rest by sponsorship, grants and fund-raising.


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