TV presenter Anna Williamson is helping the NSPCC to celebrate the charity reaching 6,850 children in north London since April 2014 through its ground-breaking NSPCC Schools Service (formerly ChildLine Schools Service).
The NSPCC Schools Service uses specially trained volunteers to talk to primary school children about abuse, giving them the skills to protect themselves and showing them where to go to for help. Delivery of the service in North London has in part been made possible by players of People's Postcode Lottery, who awarded £80,000 to the charity. The award also benefitted children in Birmingham, where 5,344 received the service, as well as an additional 7,044 children in Kent.
Long term supporter and ChildLine counsellor Anna said, "It's great news that the NSPCC Schools Service has been able to get these really important messages out to so many local children."
Anna continued, "The NSPCC Schools Service is a brilliant way to reach young children who need support, and we are really grateful to the players of People's Postcode Lottery for helping to make it happen."
ChildLine Area Coordinator Kelly Thorndick said, "NSPCC research shows that, on average, at least two children in every primary classroom will have suffered some form of abuse or neglect, but we also know that the majority of children who contact our helpline are aged over 11 and often talk about abuse that happened months or even years earlier."
People's Postcode Lottery Head of Charities Clara Govier added, "The NSPCC project is one that tackles a hugely difficult subject, and on behalf of our players, we are honoured to support its incredible work. Players of People's Postcode Lottery have raised over £66.4 Million for charities and good causes across Great Britain and globally."