Spe­cial event marks Child­line’s 30 years

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

CHILD­LINE founder Dame Esther Rantzen gave Mac­cles­field MP David Rut­ley an in­sight into the ser­vice on its an­niver­sary.

The chil­dren’s coun­selling char­ity, which runs a 24-hour ser­vice, has cel­e­brated its 30th an­niver­sary and David Rut­ley at­tended a spe­cial event at Portcullis House in Lon­don.

There, Dame Esther spoke about how Child­line is more in de­mand than ever, coun­selling more than 300,000 chil­dren and young peo­ple ev­ery year. She also ex­plained that since the char­ity in­tro­duced on­line sup­port and coun­selling in 2009, more than two-thirds (71 per cent) of the coun­selling ses­sions take place on­line.

Mr Rut­ley also got the chance to talk to chil­dren who had used Child­line and un­der­stand how it changed their life.

He said: “I con­tinue to work closely with the NSPCC, both lo­cally in Mac­cles­field and in Par­lia­ment.

“I would like to thank the staff and the many vol­un­teers for all their hard work. Events like this demon­strate the im­por­tance of their ef­forts, and the dif­fer­ence it can make in the lives of many young peo­ple.

“I wish Child­line con­tin­ued suc­cess in the decades ahead.”

Dur­ing Child­line’s birth­day week the NSPCC re­leased new data that re­veals a 35pc rise in anx­i­ety in the past year, with 11,706 chil­dren and young peo­ple be­ing coun­selled by Child­line in 2015/16 com­pared to 8,642 in 2014/15.

An in­creas­ing num­ber of chil­dren and young peo­ple are in need of help, with causes rang­ing from per­sonal and fam­ily is­sues to con­cerns about world af­fairs such as the EU Ref­er­en­dum, the US elec­tion and trou­bles in the Mid­dle East.

David Rut­ley with young peo­ple who have used Child­line, at an event to mark the char­ity’s 30th an­niver­sary

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