Cathedral Tower to Turn Green for NSPCC’s Light Up Landmarks
As landmarks across the UK are set to light up green on the longest night of the year in support of the NSPCC, the charity calls on the public to rally friends and family to take part in a Walk for Children.
Buildings and landmarks, including St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Liverpool Museum and St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall, will be going green on the night of December 22 in support of the children’s charity and the help it provides young people in their darkest hours.
James Stark, Head Verger and Events Manager of St Edmundsbury Cathedral, said: “St Edmundsbury Cathedral is very happy to support the NSPCC and their Walk for Children and Light Up Landmarks campaign once again this year. The Cathedral Tower will go green on Friday 22 December as a reminder to local people of this important cause.”
The NSPCC is calling on families and friends across the country to get together and sign up to walk 5k that night to raise vital funds for the charity and its Childline service, which will have counsellors on hand to answer life-changing calls throughout the festive period, including Christmas Day.
Rachel Sullivan, NSPCC Fundraising Manager for the East of England, said: “Our Childline service is expecting a child to contact them every 45 seconds this Christmas, and while it’s free for them to contact the service over the phone or internet, every counselling session costs the charity around £4.
“For children facing abuse, the winter nights are dark, long and lonely, and we want all children to know that Childline is here for them, even on the darkest nights. We rely on public donations for around 90% of our funding, and by joining us on December 22 you can help Childline answer more life-changing calls.
“Whether you’re enjoying mulled wine and mince pies on the way around, wearing reindeer antlers, Santa hats or light-up accessories, or just pulling on your warmest coats and hats and enjoying the view, you’ll be helping Childline be a lifeline for children this Christmas.”
While children are at home for the holidays, they are cut off from other support systems, which means the Childline service is vitally important this Christmas.
Last Christmas, Childline delivered more than 1,000 high-risk counselling sessions, with 64% of high-risk calls and web chats during that period coming in after dark. Childline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, even over Christmas.
Last year, hundreds of people walked 5k on the longest night of the year and raised over £100,000 to help fund vital NSPCC services, like Childline.
It costs £10 to sign up for Walk for Children and participants are asked to try and raise £100 to help fund the charity’s vital work and keep more children safe this Christmas. Everyone who signs up will receive a fundraising pack with everything needed to plan a walk, resources to use on the day, and an NSPCC t-shirt.
To find out more or sign up for this year’s Walk for Children, click here or go to www.nspcc.org.uk and search ‘WALK FOR CHILDREN’ – anyone who uses the promo code WALK25 will get a 25% discount on their registration fee.