Swindon Thamesdown Rotary Club has raised vital funds in aid of ChildLine, a service provided by the NSPCC.
The club, which is a long time supporter of the NSPCC, raised money for the charity’s 1600 Club and presented a cheque at a recent NSPCC event held at Blunsdon House Hotel.
The 1600 Club is an NSPCC fundraising initiative, encouraging businesses in the region to show their support by each pledging to raise £1,600 for the charity’s South West Child’s Voice Appeal.
£1,600 is the cost of recruiting and training a ChildLine counsellor who, once trained, could then go on to answer over 200 calls from children and young people in need.
The Swindon Thamesdown Rotary Club has gone the extra step by raising £3,200. This will provide enough money to support two ChildLine counsellors.
John Fisher, President for the Swindon Thamesdown Rotary Club, explained: ”The NSPCC’s Child’s Voice Appeal is one of our chosen charities of the year.
We’d hoped to raise enough money for one ChildLine counsellor, but through our fundraising activities within the club, then we have been able to fund two people, which is fantastic.”
”Our fundraising activities included a sporting dinner, our annual Christmas Sleigh appeal and also by supporting NSPCC events, such as a recent masked ball.”
The NSPCC launched the Child’s Voice Appeal in 2008 to raise £50 million nationally to answer more cries for help through its national services, ChildLine and the NSPCC Helpline. A total of £1.6 million is needed in the South West alone and so far the amount secured is around £900,000.
Businesses or individuals who are interested in supporting the appeal can do so by signing up to the 1600 Club. In return for support, by associating with one of the UK’s best-known charities, companies will receive PR exposure and recognition throughout the region, whilst making a difference to children’s lives across Swindon.
Patrick Weaver, NSPCC community fundraising manager for the region added: ”The Rotary Club is our first group to raise double the amount of funding and their efforts have been fantastic.
“Over the last year, 5,046 children and young people have called the South West’s ChildLine base. It is only with the support of dedicated individuals, businesses and clubs that we can continue to provide extra ChildLine counsellors to be able to help these children and many more.”
For further information on the NSPCC’s 1600 Club or Children’s Voice Appeal in Swindon, please call Patrick Weaver, NSPCC community fundraising manager on 07976 065052 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .