Actress Beth Cordingly is helping the NSPCC to celebrate reaching more than 1,000 children in North London, including 375 in Camden, between April and July through its ground-breaking ChildLine Schools Service.
This fantastic 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 thanks to players of People's Postcode Lottery, who have awarded £80,000 to the charity.
Long term NSPCC supporter Beth said, "It's great news that the ChildLine Schools Service has been able to get these really important messages out to so many children in North London as a result of the support from the players of People's Postcode Lottery.
"As a mother myself I can't stand the thought of any child being hurt, and to think that they're suffering in silence and don't know who to turn to makes it even worse. The ChildLine Schools Service is a brilliant way to reach young children who need support."
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. With the help of the funding award from players of People's Postcode Lottery we hope to deliver the service to more than 5,300 children in 54 schools across north London during this financial year."
Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People's Postcode Lottery, added, "£80,000 was awarded by People's Postcode Trust, a grant-giving body funded entirely by players of People's Postcode Lottery. 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 a fantastic £49.3 Million for charities and good causes across Great Britain and globally."