Woburn Abbey Childline Event

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WOBURN ABBEY - Childline Event

Date: 4th October 2016

To mark their 30th Anniversary the Bedforshire Branch of Childline are staging an Evening event comprising an Auction and a welcoming speech by yours truly.

Having read through their impressive 30 year history, I am even more honoured that they should have invited me to host the event.

Childline was launched 30 years ago by a contemporary and acquaintance of mine  - Dame Esther Rantzen who worked tirelessly to establish the Charity.

Their remit has changed over the decades and today they are having to deal with cyber-bullying, low self esteem etc. alongside cases of sexual abuse.  Today one of their main concerns is that of 'family relationships'.  And the manner in which the young people communicate has also altered with much more emphasis on mobile phone contact rather than phone box and landline.

It costs almost £11,000,000 annually to run Childline, not to mention the army of volunteers who give their service gratis.

If you want to know more about Childline and how you might be able to help, please look them up on the Internet - there's bound to be a branch near where you live.

And I will leave you with a sad and staggering statistic.   In 1986 there were around 800 calls answered each day, now the total is 2,300 calls - that's one every 25 seconds.  That is sad but at least there is an organisation which exists to help these unhappy youngsters.

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