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Artist visits new look Number Forty

Artist visits new look Number Forty
08 July 2024

Renowned artist Lucy Pittaway has popped in to newly refurbished Number Forty, Skinnergate, to see her donated artwork in pride of place.

Lucy, who has galleries throughout Yorkshire and Cumbria, donated the piece called Rainbow of Hope just after Number Forty opened in 2022.

Number Forty is open from 9pm-3am on Friday and Saturday nights to help to anyone who feels vulnerable, unwell or has been a victim of crime. It is staffed by trained security staff and volunteers who are on hand to offer help whatever the situation. It also opens on the second Monday of every month for Mongay.

Since it opened, Number Forty volunteers have helped hundreds people by reuniting lost friends; providing first aid; calling family members; supporting victims of crime and handing out free water, flip flops and ponchos!

To encourage more people to use the service, Number Forty has been given a make over and Lucy’s artwork has been moved to take pride of place! She popped in to take a look and meet some of the volunteers who run the service.

Lucy said: “Since it opened Number 40 has proved to be an invaluable safe space for many people. I’ve really enjoyed hearing more about the fantastic service it provides, and it is an honour to have a piece of my artwork featured so prominently.”

Amanda Riley, cabinet member for stronger communities, said: “Number Forty has become a real part of the nighttime economy, providing a safe space for anyone who needs it. The new look makes it even more welcoming and comfortable for those who need help and our fantastic volunteers.

“I am delighted Lucy has been able to come along and see her artwork in its new position – greeting people as soon as they walk through the door.”

If you would like to join our fantastic volunteers at Number Forty please visit

Number Forty is supported by the Darlington Safer Streets partnership, which includes Darlington Borough Council and Durham Constabulary. It is just one a number of recent initiatives to improve safety and the feeling of safety, particularly among women and girls in the town centre. 



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