Children across Northern Ireland to benefit thanks to effort

NSPCC Helpline staff from Ballyclare have helped to raise over £4,000 to support the work of the worthy cause.

Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 5:50 pm

Emma Jamieson and Chloe Reed joined with 15 other colleagues to take part in a 5km per day challenge.

The 17 members of staff covered around 2,630km between them and have raised £4,162.21 so far.

Employees at the helpline, which is based primarily in Belfast, were granted key worker status by the NI Executive early on in the pandemic.

The 17 members of staff covered around 2,630km between them and have raised £4,162.21.

This allowed the essential service to be staffed for adults to get in touch to get advice and share their concerns about a child, anonymously if they wish.

Joanne McMaster, Supporter Fundraising Manager at NSPCC Northern Ireland, said: “We’re so proud of the team for going above and beyond their duties and to fundraise for NSPCC Northern Ireland. Their endeavours will help support our work throughout Northern Ireland.”

The Helpline team in Belfast works 365 days per year to protect children across the province. They are professional practitioners with backgrounds in jobs like social work, teaching, counselling and health care.

As lockdown continues throughout Northern Ireland, staff are urging the public to be alert to possible signs of neglect and abuse and to call the helpline if they are concerned.

The free helpline provides adults with a place they can get advice and support, share their concerns about a child or get information about child protection. Adults can contact the helpline on 0808 800 5000 or email [email protected]

If you would like to make a donation in support of the 5km a day challenge, click here

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