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childlinelogoVIDEO: Businesses on the Isle of Wight are being asked to help raise funds for the NSPCC’s Childline service.

The charity’s 30 for 30 initiative calls for 30 companies across the Isle of Wight to raise £2,000 each so the free 24/7 counselling service can reach more young people needing support.

Since launching in 1986, Childline has been a place for children to turn even when it feels like no one else is listening. The most common issues are family relationships, low self-esteem and unhappiness, abuse, bullying and online bullying and self-harm.

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To date Childline has helped over 4 million children. But right now the service can only answer 3 out of every 4 contacts from children.

It costs £30,000 a day to run Childline. Below are examples of how the money raised could be used:

• £4 could pay for a child to speak to a Childline counsellor.
• £130 could fund a Childline supervisor for 24-hours to provide crucial support to the most vulnerable callers who can often phone in desperate situations.
• £2,000 could fund the charity’s volunteer development programmes, making sure that when a child calls, the counsellors are equipped to give them exactly the support they need.

Helen Beattie, Childline Service Manager London and South East, said:

“We need to answer every child. That requires more volunteers and more investment so we can grow to meet the demand.

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“I hope businesses across Isle of Wight will help us celebrate 30 years of Childline’s vital work, by signing up to our 30 for 30 initiative to help us continue with our work to protect children from pain and save precious young lives.”

Businesses interested in signing up to the 30 for 30 initiative are asked to email [email protected] or call 01634 564 689.

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