City Hall Lights up for NSPCC Childhood Day
22 Jun 2018
Belfast City Hall was illuminated last night in NSPCC green to mark the charity’s Childhood Day campaign which runs throughout June.
Throughout this month, the NSPCC is urging people to buy a badge to show their support for Childhood Day and help thousands of children across Northern Ireland – a campaign supported by the High Sheriff, Councillor Carole Howard.
Badges are still available across Northern Ireland in outlets including Lidl, Matalan, Bob & Berts, Haldane Fisher and the Abbey Centre.
NSPCC Northern Ireland is encouraging everyone to buy a badge and support Childhood Day to celebrate all children and their right to a safe childhood.
Costing just £2, every penny raised from the sale of the badges will help NSPCC provide services to children in Northern Ireland including Childline, the NSPCC’s private and confidential 24/7 service for children and young people up to the age of 19 in Northern Ireland. It will also help fund our Speak Out Stay Safe programme for schools.
The programme delivers ground-breaking assemblies to teach primary school children how to keep themselves safe from abuse and neglect. In 2017/18 we spoke to 67,129 children in 356 Primary Schools in Northern Ireland.
Belfast High Sheriff, Councillor Carole Howard, who supports the work of NSPCC Northern Ireland, as one of her civic charities said: “I am delighted to support this Childhood Day initiative by the NSPCC and hope members of the public will also show their support by buying a badge.
“A caring society looks after its most vulnerable and our youngest citizens are now facing challenges that didn’t exist when we were young.
“Childhood should be a time when children can run and play freely and by supporting this initiative, we can help more children to enjoy this time in their life.
“Abuse may slant a child’s vision for life but by giving them a voice we can make sure they know they are not alone and that where it occurs they can speak out and we will listen.
“I urge everyone to support the NSPCC in this and all their other initiatives”
Catherine Nuttall, Head of Fundraising for NSPCC Northern Ireland, said: “We are delighted that Northern Ireland has been chosen to launch the first NSPCC Childhood Day.
“We know that childhood shapes who we become, but abuse never should. It makes children see the world differently, and we want to do everything we can to ensure that we give children that voice to speak up about abuse, or talk about anything else that is worrying them.
“Donating just £2 for a badge can go a long way towards helping us run our vital services such as the Speak Out Stay Safe service, which gives children that voice. We want everyone across Northern Ireland to join us on 1st June to recognise all these life-changing conversations on Childhood Day and show your support for our vital work.”
For more information on #ChildhoodDay go to: https://bit.ly/2In87Sb