AN NSPCC appeal to raise £3million in three years for the charity’s services in Wales has hit its landmark target.
Childline, which counselled thousands of children from Wales last year, and Speak Out, Stay Safe, which visited more than 450 Welsh primary schools, are two of the NSPCC-run services which will benefit.
The appeal was chaired by Cardiff-based businessman and entrepreneur Alan Peterson, who received an OBE at Buckingham Palace for services to charitable fundraising on Thursday (4 April).
Alan, who announced his ambitious £3million target when he took up his role in 2016, has fought tirelessly for children and young people for many years and the NSPCC has thanked him for his enormous support.
Some of the successful events organised by the appeal board include a family race day attended by more than 2,500 people at Ffos Las, a dinner at Coleg Cambria in Connah’s Quay and a rugby lunch at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
Welsh rugby legends Sam Warburton, Gethin Jenkins, Ryan Jones, Martyn Williams, Tom Shanklin and Rob Howley are just some of those who have played a part in the appeal’s success, visiting primary schools and helping specially trained volunteers deliver Speak Out, Stay Safe.
Reaching more than 75,000 pupils in the last academic year, the service – which empowers young people to speak out about abuse and neglect – will use the funds to reach even more primary school pupils in the months ahead.
Money raised will also help Childline, where £4 could pay for one trained volunteer to answer a child’s call for help.
Last year (2017-18) a total of 8,373 counselling sessions were carried out with children and young people contacting Childline from somewhere in Wales on subjects including bullying, suicidal feelings and abuse.
Alan Peterson OBE, the chairman of NSPCC Cymru/Wales’ appeal board, said:
“I am overjoyed that we have raised such a significant sum for children in Wales and I want to thank everyone who has played a part and contributed to this appeal.
“The NSPCC’s fight for every childhood is a cause very close to my heart and the work doesn’t end here.
“There are children at risk of abuse and neglect who still need our help and empowering every child in Wales to have the courage to speak out and stay safe should be a priority for us all.”
Des Mannion, the head of service at NSPCC Cymru/Wales, said:
“This incredible support for the NSPCC’s services in Wales will help to make sure we can continue reaching as many children as possible.
“Every penny counts in our work to protect children and prevent abuse and I’d like to thank everyone who has played a part in making this ground-breaking appeal such a success.”