Meerkats at Drusillas Park are backing the NSPCC’s Big Packed Lunch Campaign to help fund the charity’s ChildLine Schools Service.
The campaign is urging people in Eastbourne to get together with their friends and family and enjoy a packed lunch, donating the money they would normally have spent on a shop-bought lunch to the charity.
The NSPCC is encouraging people to hold a themed event, an outdoor picnic or adding some competition by blind-tasting each other’s dishes.
The money raised through Big Packed Lunch will help to fund the NSPCC’s ground-breaking ChildLine Schools Service, which uses trained volunteers to deliver age-appropriate workshops and assemblies to nine to 11 year-olds in order to educate them about abuse, how to protect themselves, and where to get help if they need it.
NSPCC fundraiser Binita Shah said, “By taking part in the Big Packed Lunch and making a donation to the NSPCC you can raise money to support this service in your local schools.
“The ChildLine Schools Service is crucial. We want every child to know how to keep safe and what they should do if they ever feel worried, frightened or anxious about abuse. We want children to be able to say ‘now I know what to do’ and not to reach adulthood and say ‘I wish I’d known who to turn to’.”
Since its launch the ChildLine Schools Service has spoken to almost 3,000 children in East Sussex.
Drusillas Park Zoo kicked off proceedings by hosting a big packed lunch with their meerkats, who tucked into a feast of locusts, worms and raw meat.
The NSPCC has produced a Big Packed Lunch fundraising pack which includes hints and tips for staging an event.
To find out more and get your fundraising pack, visit www.nspcc.org.uk/lunch.