Sunderland landmarks go green to support NSPCC Christmas campaign

Sunderland has gone green for Christmas.

Thursday, 12th December 2019, 11:55 am
Updated Friday, 13th December 2019, 9:57 am
Cliffe Park lighthouse lit in green as part of a National NSPCC campaign

Landmarks across the city have been illuminated for one night as part of this year’s NSPCC Christmas campaign.

The ‘Light For Every Childhood’ campaign features landmarks across the UK being lit up green over December to raise awareness for the thousands of children facing a lonely or frightening Christmas.

Over the festive period, thousands of children will contact Childline feeling alone and unloved but one in three calls will go unanswered. The charity says just £20 means its specially-trained counsellors will be able to answer another five calls this Christmas.

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The Beacon of Light is transformed

Sunderland showed its support for Childline by lighting up Penshaw Monument, the Northern Spire bridge,Keel Square, High Street West, the Cliffe Park lighthouse, Fulwell Mill and the Beacon of Light on December 11.

Jill Colbert, Chief Executive of Together for Children in Sunderland, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the NSPCC’s ‘Light for Every Childhood’ campaign by lighting up Sunderland landmarks and features to help raise awareness of this very worthwhile cause.”

The ‘Get Your Sparkle On’ campaign encourages the public to show their support for the charity by wearing sparkling clothing or organising sparkle-themed events and leads into the ‘Light For Every Childhood’ Christmas campaign.

Katy Carmen, NSPCC North East Fundraising Manager, said: “It’s brilliant that Sunderland has gone go green for the NSPCC.

Fulwell Mill was one of the landmarks to be lit up

“For many families, Christmas is a truly joyous time filled with love and laughter but sadly for too many children that is simply not the case.

“It’s easy for anyone to take part in Get Your Sparkle On this December - whether you’re just wearing a sparkly jumper, or organising a sparkling bake-off at work, every single penny raised will go towards helping children and young people get the help they need this Christmas.”

For more information on how to donate or how you can get involved with Get Your Sparkle On go to www.nspcc.org.uk

Adults worried about a child’s welfare can call the NSPCC’s Helpline 24/7 on 0808 800 5000. Children and young people can call Childline on 0800 1111 or visit www.childline.org.uk

Penshaw Monument looks stunning