Thanks for all your support

Sir,

I would like to say a personal thank you to all of your readers who have helped support the NSPCC throughout 2011.

Thanks to the public giving generously, we have made significant strides for children this year.

Earlier in 2011 we began to roll out the ChildLine Schools Service, particularly focusing on seven- to 11-year-olds.

The service visits primary schools and aims to help children understand what abuse is (including bullying), how to protect themselves and how to seek help if they need it.

By 2016 we aim to visit every primary school in the UK at least every two years.

On October 30, ChildLine celebrated its 25th birthday and launched a year of fundraising. Over the past 25 years ChildLine has spoken to over 2.6m children about concerns ranging from bullying to sexual abuse.

The continued support of your readers has meant that in 2010/11 the local ChildLine base in Nottingham was able to answer 17,063 contacts from children and young people who contacted us via telephone, email and 1-2-1 chats for advice and support.

In November we launched our ‘All Babies Count’ campaign to highlight the vulnerability of babies and to call for better and earlier support for new parents.

Babies are more likely to suffer neglect and abuse and are eight times more likely to be killed than any other child.

Over 8,000 people have already pledged their support. Readers can add their support by visiting www.nspcc.org.uk/allbabiescount.

If readers have a few hours to spare and would like to get involved in fundraising, our local branch and district groups are looking for people to help with collections or to organise local events.

We are also looking for participants to take part in a number of physical challenges planned for 2012 including Climb for ChildLine on March 4, an Icelandic Lava Trek in July and our annual Hike Against Cruelty to Kids (HACK) challenge in September.

For details about how to get involved readers can contact the local fundraising team on 0844 892 0217 or email Vicki.rowles@nspcc.org.uk for more information.

Vicki Rowles

NSPCC Community Fundraising Manager for Nottinghamshire