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Friday 17 December 2021

Sussex Landmarks Are Set To Go Green As Local People Walk For Childline @ Christmas

On the 21st December hundreds of people will walk 5k to support the NSPCC. Landmarks across the UK, including the BA i360 in Brighton and Lancing College Chapel are also supporting the charity by lighting up and turning the NSPCC's trademark green colour.

The people taking to the streets to walk and the landmarks lighting up green represent the hard-working Childline counsellors who are there for children, offering a beacon of light in their darkest times.

When a child needs help, Childline can be a lifeline. When a child feels like they have nowhere else to turn, it's vital that the NSPCC is there, ready to listen and support children across the UK.

Childline supervisor Igor said: 

"I know from the calls I receive at Christmas that pressures and dangers at home can reach crisis point. 

"Without the chance to talk to someone who understands, these kinds of pressures can lead to children feeling incredibly low and isolated, increasing the risk of more serious mental health issues. 

"The Childline service is here for children every day, even on Christmas Day.


"If we can listen, there's so much we can do. In some cases, we can quite literally save their lives."

Christmas can be a very challenging time for children who suffer from abuse, neglect and are struggling with their mental health. 

Cut off from school and other support, it is vital they have somewhere to turn. 

The NSPCC is reaching out to the public to support its Here for Children Appeal and make a donation, so Childline counsellors can answer a child's call for help this Christmas.

Dame Esther Rantzen, Founder of Childline and a South Coast resident, said: 

"At Childline we know how painful Christmas can be for some children, particularly when the media is filled with pictures of families happily celebrating together, and they are feeling alone and unloved. 

"A child once described it to us as like looking through a shop window where everything inside is warm and bright, and you are outside where it's cold and dark.

"The festive period can be especially difficult for children who are struggling with their mental health or are in homes that are unsafe. 

"Given the impact of the pandemic, it is no surprise that this year we've seen record numbers of children get in touch with us about loneliness. 

"The lockdowns exacerbated these feelings for some young people, especially when schools had to close, and they couldn't see the friends and family they loved and needed.

"Last Christmas was one of the toughest in living memory, bringing with it great sadness and challenges for many children."

Young people can contact Childline on 0800 1111 or via 1-2-1 chat on www.childline.org.uk

by: Mike Cobley



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