A CHARITY that offers safety and life skills advice to children is set to celebrate a landmark anniversary.

The Crucial Crew will hold its 25th anniversary celebration at the British Ironwork Centre near Oswestry this summer.

Centre spokesman Joanne Jones said: "We are so excited to announce that the Crucial Crew will be holding their 25 year celebratory event right here at the Ironworks, where past and current volunteers, ex-pupils, and representatives such as the Coastguard will all be invited to share memories, stories and skills learnt throughout the past quarter of a century.

"Drinks and refreshments will be provided and the event will be a fantastic chance for everyone to reunite and share the importance of Crucial Crew events with the general public."

Each year in June, the Crucial Crew runs a two-week event where more than 1,500 children from 40-60 primary schools take part in a range of social awareness activities, safety training, and life skills presentations conducted by industry professionals and volunteers.

The Crucial Crew aims to teach life skills to children at their most impressionable age, usually focusing on children during their transition from primary to secondary school.

Around 1,000 youngsters have already signed up for the event, which covers a range of crucial topics including drug awareness, internet abuse and cyber bullying and stranger danger, as well as road safety, first aid, and recycling, among many others.

the centre has made a £250 donation towards the event.

The 25th anniversary celebration will be held July 20 from 10am-3pm.