As we enter a new year, I would like to say a personal thank you to all of your readers across the West Midlands who have helped support the NSPCC throughout 2012.
It has been an incredibly busy year for the NSPCC both locally and nationally. Many people 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 over 450 victims of sexual abuse by Savile, of which over eighty per cent were children or young people.
Overall, the number of contacts to the NSPCC helpline around sexual abuse, both historic and current, has nearly tripled since the Savile revelations. This means we can help more historic victims than ever before to finally get the support they need and, crucially, we can also protect children who are at risk right now.
Child abuse remains a widespread problem and children are still being abused today. 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 fundraising groups.
In 2012 our supporters organised a huge range of very successful fundraising events from coffee mornings and literary luncheons to musical evenings and race nights. Local people also raised money by taking part in our Hike Against Cruelty to Kids (HACK), the London Marathon and Climb for ChildLine. And many others helped to raise awareness of our campaigns through Facebook and Twitter. Thank you to everyone who organised, ran, climbed or tweeted on our behalf!
2013 promises to be a very exciting time for the NSPCC in the West Midlands. The NSPCC Birmingham Service Centre will continue to pioneer new approaches to address the significant child protection problems facing local children, and the ChildLine Schools Service aims to visit even more local primary schools to help ensure younger children know what abuse is and how to get help if they need it.
Our fundraising groups are already busy planning events for the year ahead. If any of your readers would like to get involved, or would like to set up their own fundraising support group, we would love to hear from them. People can email the Midlands fundraising team on firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 0844 892 0217. Alternatively, readers can donate £4 by texting MIDS to 70744.
We have made significant strides to help children this year, but still need the public’s support to continue our work. Wishing all your readers a very happy New Year.
NSPCC Head of Midlands Fundraising
0844 892 0217