THE legacy of a dedicated charity worker will live on after he dies, thanks to a landmark anniversary celebration.
Peter Skingle, from Basildon, is one of 130 NSPCC staff, volunteers and campaigners across the country who have been asked to write a thoughtprovoking message to mark the 130th anniversary of the charity.
The messages will be displayed on a tree in a memorial garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, in West London.
Actor John Hurt, famous for his roles in films the Elephant Man, Nineteen- Eighty-Four and Lord of the Rings, is among the other people working to keep the legacy of the NSPCC alive.
The Southend and South- East Essex branch of the NSPCC, where Mr Skingle works as a manager, was formed in 1894 – ten years after the charity was set up.
The local group organises a range of fundraising events and activities throughout the year, and is always appealing for members.
Mr Skingle’s message on the tree reads: “I would like to leave future generations with a way forward to a healthier planet.”
The NSPCC anniversary garden has been designed by award-winning Adam Woolcott and Jonathan Smith, from Woolcott and Smith Garden Design.
It demonstrates how money left to the charity in supporters’ wills has helped fund its work to stop cruelty to children over the past 130 years.
Plants and toys reflect past eras, with the aim of taking visitors back through time.
Mr Smith said: “Exhibiting at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is a wonderful way of commemorating the NSPCC’s 130th anniversary, and we’re delighted to be part of it.”
For more information, visit nspcc.org.uk/hampton