An appeal marking the 125th anniversary of the NSPCC in East Nottinghamshire has raised £7,500 ensuring children can be taught vital messages in recognising and reporting abuse.
The NSPCC’s East Nottinghamshire branch, which covers Newark, Bingham, Radcliffe-on-Trent, Collingham, Farnsfield and Southwell, launched the ‘125 Appeal’ last year aiming to raise funds for the charity’s Schools Service.
The money raised will allow more children to be reached by specially-trained NSPCC volunteers who deliver key messages about abuse and neglect through age-appropriate assemblies and workshops.
The service helps children identify who the trusted adults are in their lives, and encourages them to speak out if they feel sad, worried or anxious about something, while highlighting that Childline is always there to help.
In line with Government guidance, the charity has paused its programme of school assemblies and workshops but will look to continue this once this public health emergency is over. Schools Service staff and volunteers have been offering support to other areas of the organisation ensuring the NSPCC is able to continue offering advice and support for parents, specialists and children themselves.
In 2018/19, NSPCC Schools Service volunteers and staff delivered ‘Speak Out. Stay Safe’ workshops and assemblies in 136 schools and spoke to 33,510 children in Nottinghamshire.
The ‘125 Appeal’ raised a total of £7,550 and was supported by a range of local businesses, as well as organisations who held fundraising events, adopting the appeal as their charity of the year or attending events organised by local volunteers.
NSPCC Divisional Vice-President and member of the NSPCC Bingham Committee, Judith Swann, said: “We are very proud of the result because it has been in addition to the normal fundraising we do. It is an extra £7,500 we have committed to the Schools Service which is huge.
“So many people in the local community can relate to the Schools Service so we think it’s been a great success. It’s a vital service and it’s a shining example of what the NSPCC do.
“Some of the money raised has come from unlikely sources which is brilliant, but our normal supporters have been extremely generous in the past year and we want to thank everyone who has donated.”
Jo Humberstone, who volunteers for the Schools Service in Nottinghamshire, said: “We are overwhelmed by the generosity shown by those who have donated to the appeal. It is a fantastic service that we love delivering.
“In Nottinghamshire we have reached almost every school in the area and that means almost every child has had the messages about speaking out and staying safe.”
Parents and carers can visit: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/coronavirus-advice-suppport-children-families-parents/ for advice and support about Coronavirus.