A fund-raising stalwart has completed a 'marathon' challenge which she, and her son, have completed during lockdown. Sue Wardle, chair of the North Staffs NSPCC fundraisers, along with her son Joe and their dog Stan, completed a 26.2 mile walk around their garden in Consall all in aid of NSPCC/Childline.
A fund-raising stalwart has completed a ‘marathon’ challenge which she, and her son, have completed during lockdown.
Sue Wardle, chair of the North Staffs NSPCC fundraisers, along with her son Joe and their dog Stan, completed a 26.2 mile walk around their garden in Consall all in aid of NSPCC/Childline.
The pair smashed their original fund-raising target of £1,000 after collecting more than £2,500 in donations for the cause.
Sue said: “We were overwhelmed by the generosity of family, friends and NSPCC supporters who sent us money by banking app, by cheque and a few cash donations.
“We would like to thank everyone who helped us support this charity which protects vulnerable and abused children in the UK.
“Many charities have been hit hard by the pandemic lockdown as their fundraising activities came to a sudden halt in March and they have been forced to be inventive, especially online, to continue to get funds at this crucial time.
“If you look on the NSPCC website you can see many different ways to support, from taking part in a sporting activity to taking a photo of your garden for a ‘Virtual Open Garden’.
“There are some very interesting ideas on their website as well as information on how to keep your children or your grandchildren safe. The work to protect children from neglect or abuse must continue.”
Sue added that Carole House, the children’s NSPCC centre in Stoke-on-Trent, has been working on a ‘Together For Childhood’ project with the local community in the north of the city to help prevent sexual abuse of young children and to help parents and children cope with the stresses that lockdown has brought.
Sue added: “JCB, in its partnership with the NSPCC, has been providing more than 1,500 hot meals to be distributed amongst the area, with the help of local volunteers – a true community effort.
“A ‘Speak Out and Stay Safe’ virtual assembly with Ant and Dec and David Walliams is available to watch on You Tube or the NSPCC website.”
Sue added that Childline has been receiving many calls from children and young people who are worried about the coronavirus situation, the disruption to their education, and about the dangers of being at home where it is not always safe.
She added: “Domestic violence has been a big issue.
“Adults who are worried about a child can always ring the Adult Helpline 0808 800 5000 for advice and young people can be assured that Childline 0800 1111 offers a confidential listening ear to anyone who has problems in these uncertain times.”
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