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Your call to bring a pound to work

‘BRING a pound to work’ is the new fundraising campaign from NSPCC Childline — with all monies raised going towards the training and recruitment of their call-handling volunteers.

Cool FM and Downtown Radio’s Cash for Kids has teamed up with SPAR to encourage people from across Northern Ireland to bring one pound to work on Thursday October 14 to help raise vital funds to ensure that the service can offer comfort, protection, and advice to all the children who call. Demand for the service is high, and children are sometimes unable to get through to a |counsellor.

Gerard Lenehan, from south Belfast, volunteers for ChildLine at the service’s city centre base. He said: “I started volunteering for ChildLine about 14 months ago. I had returned to education as a mature student and had more free time than ever before.

“In my time with Childline, I’ve encountered a range of issues that seems limitless: from abuse, self harm, and drugs, to bullying and problems with school and families.

“One call that stands out for me was from a young girl in her early teens who, after a long conversation, revealed that her father had been sexually |abusing her for years.

“I was the first person she ever told about it, and having a young daughter myself, found it a very emotional experience. It was also a very positive experience because having finally told her secret, she was keen to engage with |people who wanted to help her.

“The chance to actually make a difference in someone’s life is not generally something that presents itself every day, but volunteering with Childline offers you that chance each time you come in for a shift.”

Companies can register for the ‘bring a pound to work’ event by calling 028 9035 7970 or by visiting www.coolfm.co.uk/bringapound or www.downtown.co.uk/bringapound.

Belfast Telegraph