Why not start 2013 with a resolution to help NSPCC?
AS we enter a new year, I would like to say a personal thank-you to all of your readers in Derbyshire who have helped support the NSPCC throughout 2012.
It has been an incredibly busy year for the charity locally and nationally. Many will have seen or heard about the Jimmy Savile sexual abuse inquiry in the media.
As of early December, the NSPCC and the police have identified more than 450 victims of sexual abuse by Savile – of which more than 80% were children or young people.
Overall, the number of contacts to the NSPCC helpline about sexual abuse – both historic and current – has nearly tripled since the Savile revelations. This means we can help more historic victims than ever before and, crucially, protect children at risk right now.
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Our work makes a huge difference to the lives of local children and those across the UK but we wouldn't be able to run our direct services or helplines without the amazing support of our community and corporate fund-raising groups.
In 2012, Derbyshire groups held a huge range of successful fund-raising events – such as coffee mornings and luncheons.
Local people also raised money by taking part in our Buxton Hike Against Cruelty to Kids, The Big Skydive and the London Marathon. Many others helped raise awareness of our campaigns through Facebook and Twitter.
Thank you to everyone who organised, ran, jumped or tweeted on our behalf!
2013 promises to be a very exciting time for the NSPCC in Derbyshire, with the continued roll-out of the ChildLine Schools Service. It aims to visit all local primary schools to help ensure younger children know what abuse is and how to get help if they need it.
We have made significant strides to help children this year but we still need support to continue our work.
If any of your readers would like to make a New Year's resolution to help support the NSPCC, I would love to hear from them. People can e-mail me at Sharon.King@nspcc.org.uk or ring 07867 501047.
NSPCC Community Fundraising Manager