Schools invited to Childline’s big birthday bash

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More than 150 schools across the country have already signed up to be part of ChildLine’s Big Birthday week which starts on October 8, and others are invited to join in the fun

The event, to mark ChildLine’s 25th anniversary, will see primary and secondary schools and groups take part in a host of fun and quirky fundraising activities to celebrate the milestone and raise £250,000.

As part of the celebrations, ChildLine is hoping to break the Guinness World Record for the most greetings on a single birthday card, by inviting every school that fundraises to send in their greeting for inclusion in the giant card.

ChildLine founder Esther Rantzen is backing the record attempt and urging local schools to show their support too. She said: “When ChildLine was launched back 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 online. 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.”

Taking part in ChildLine’s Big Birthday week is simple. To find out more and register for your fundraising pack and downloadable resources, visit www.nspcc.org.uk/thebigbirthday

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.