Appeal made to schools

Madam,

To celebrate its 25th birthday, ChildLine is encouraging schools in Derbyshire to get involved in the ChildLine Big Birthday week from October 8 to October 10 and help break a GuinnessTM World Record for the most greetings on a single birthday card.

The ChildLine Big Birthday week will see primary and secondary schools across Derbyshire take part in a host of fun and quirky fundraising activities to celebrate the milestone and raise £250,000.

As part of the Big Birthday, ChildLine is hoping to break the world record by inviting every school that fundraises to send in their birthday greeting for inclusion in the giant card.

When ChildLine was launched back on October 30th 1986, it received 50,000 attempted calls on the first night from desperate young people who, until then, had no way of asking for help.

Now, 25 years on we’re still providing comfort and protection for children and young people who contact us by phone and on-line. But, of course, we need to raise funds to pay for the service.

Taking part in the ChildLine Big Birthday week is a fantastic way for schools to show their support, helping us to continue our service for another 25 years and more.”

ChildLine, the free confidential helpline and online service for children and young people, has counselled almost 2.7 million children and young people since it was set up. Now ChildLine is able to answer almost every call and provides help and advice to thousands of children every day, about issues such as bullying, bereavement, abuse and family problems.

Taking part in ChildLine’s Big Birthday week is simple. To find out more or to register a school to take part, visit: www.nspcc.org.uk/thebigbirthday.

Esther Rantzen

Founder of ChildLine