CHILDLINE ADVICE: Get involved and support a great charity
Throughout September, we’ve been highlighting the work of our excellent Childline volunteers in helping to ensure that we could still be here for children right through lockdown.
Back in March, coronavirus forced us at the Childline service to adapt quickly to an unprecedented challenge. We had to close the night service for the first time in our history, and many counsellors had to self-isolate. Fortunately, the commitment of our staff and volunteers allowed the service to continue.
But it’s also important that we recognise some of the fantastic fundraising work that has made those sacrifices and adaptations possible throughout this crisis.
Recently, Gill McGinley, from ‘Green Ginger Glass’ in Gateshead, raised £1075 for the NSPCC and Childline by selling handmade glass rainbows from her local workshop.
When it comes to fundraising, every penny counts towards helping us support another child. The money raised by Gill and her rainbows will allow more than 260 children and young people to access free, confidential counselling when they need it most.
Of course, you don’t need to be an expert in glass to help us. So how could you get involved?
If you’ve been working on your fitness during lockdown, then we’ve got the perfect opportunity for you to challenge yourself while raising money to support children.
This weekend, on the 4th of October, the first ever Virgin Money Virtual London Marathon takes place, meaning you can take part from wherever you are in the country. With 24 hours to go the full distance, you can take as long as you need to complete the 26.2 miles.
Or maybe you’re more of a climber, in which case you could join the NSPCC’s Big Climb. We’re asking people to climb as many steps as possible during October, whether that’s in your home, at a local park, or up a peak is up to you!
For both challenges, we’re asking people to try and raise £100, which would mean that Childline can deliver another 25 counselling sessions to children who are worried or scared. No child should be left to cope alone, and you can help make sure that we’re still here for every child.
For more information, visit nspcc.org.uk/support-us/events