CHILDREN’S charity the NSPCC has visited dozens of schools in the Chester area to educate almost 5,000 children about abuse.
Experts from the organisation’s Childline Schools Service held assemblies and organised special workshops to let pupils know how to protect themselves and seek help.
But with 149 schools across Cheshire West and Chester, they still have 63 to visit after calling at 86 so far – and are calling on residents to back this year’s Big Packed Lunch event to raise money for the schools service.
People are encouraged to hold creative lunchtime events and donate money on Wednesday, September 17.
NSPCC fundraiser Louise Stimson said: “It’s a really simple idea and we want people to have fun with the Big Packed Lunch and get everyone together to share their lunch goodies, and at the same time raise vital funds for the NSPCC.
“With the support of local people we can visit every primary school in this area and give children the confidence to talk about abuse and the courage to seek help if they ever need it.”
Money raised will train volunteers to deliver workshops and assemblies to nine to 11-year-olds.
NSPCC research shows on average two children in every primary school classroom have suffered abuse or neglect. But whether it’s through fear or lack of information, children are not seeking help or telling anyone what’s happening until they are much older.
The NSPCC has produced a Big Packed Lunch fundraising pack which includes hints and tips for staging an event.
To find out more visit www.nspcc.org.uk/lunch
See full story in the Chester Leader