Raising awareness about ‘at risk’ children

HOMES across Eastbourne are set to be leafleted by a leading child protection charity in a bid to encourage more people to report at risk youngsters.

The NSPCC is launching the awareness drive throughout April and the advice sheets will be dispatched alongside a collection bag encouraging locals to hand over any old clothes or shoes.

The group behind that aspect, Clothes Aid, has been supporting the NSPCC since July 2009 and to date has raised more than £2 million for the charity.

NSPCC fundraising manager Nico Celaj said, “It costs the NSPCC £9 to answer a call from someone who is worried about a child or wanting advice. Fundraising though Clothes Aid collections is a great way for people to support the NSPCC during this challenging economic climate.

“All you have to do is clear out your unwanted clothes and shoes, and pop them in the bag – it’s as simple as that and could help us to answer one more call and help protect a vulnerable child in this area.”

Anyone with concerns about a child or young person can call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000, text 88858 or visit www.nspcc.org.uk.