Letter to Editor: NSPCC on Children’s Day

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Dear Editor,

SINCE the lockdown began, life has been strange and difficult for almost everyone but in particular for vulnerable children who are struggling with their mental health or are at risk from abuse or neglect. The NSPCC’s Childline Service has delivered 4,631 counselling sessions to children and young people in England who have got in touch about Coronavirus and how it is affecting their mental health.

Childline provides a vital lifeline to young people who are trying to cope with the fear, anxiety and distress caused by the pandemic. From the counselling sessions we have delivered, we know there has been a direct impact on children’s mental health – and that those children who are living in homes which are not safe, or where there is violence, addiction or abuse are finding it especially difficult during lockdown. We are now calling on the people of the East of England to support us so we can continue to be there for our young people whose lives have changed overnight.

The NSPCC’s third Childhood Day is taking place on Friday 26 June 2020 and in the run up to the Day, we are asking people to stand with us and support our work – there are lots of fun and simple ways to get involved. This year, Childhood Day is encouraging the people of the East of England to “Be a big kid” and raise money to help us be here for children. This could include organising a childhood themed quiz night, getting sponsored to dress up for the day or holding a mini sports day in your back garden but in all cases, remembering to follow the latest social distancing rules. There are lots more ideas on how to get involved and suggestions for fun events on our website www.nspcc.org.uk/childhoodday

Donating £24 could pay for the trained counsellors in one of our Childline bases to answer six children’s calls for help and £54 could pay for two hours of a specialist counsellor, enabling children to get the help they need when they need it.

By supporting Childhood Day you are raising awareness and crucial funds to enable us to keep children and young people safe.

For further information on how you can get support this campaign please visit www.nspcc.org.uk/childhoodday or contact the NSPCC East of England team at eastofenglandpressoffice@nspcc.org.uk or 01733 667236.

Your sincerely,

Kate Hershkowitz

Supporter Fundraising Manager, NSPCC East of England.

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