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NSPCC - a charity dedicated to preventing cruelty to children. Covering the Durham area as well as the whole of the UK.




The NSPCC is the UK's leading children's charity specialising in child protection and the prevention of cruelty to children. The NSPCC's purpose is to end cruelty to children FULL STOP. Its vision is of a society where all children are loved, valued and able to fulfil their potential. The NSPCC runs projects and services across the United Kingdom and Channel Islands, including ChildLine Tel: 0800 1111, the UK's free, confidential 24-hour helpline for children and young people. The NSPCC helps over 10,000 children and their families every year.






With your help, we want to transform ChildLine and the NSPCC Helpline to answer many more children's cries for help. So that whether they call, email, text or contact us online, we'll be there. To do this, the Government is providing £30 million and the NSPCC needs to raise a further £50 million. Here's some examples of how your sponsorship money could help vulnerable children and young people:






  • £180 could pay for a day of a children's service worker on the NSPCC Helpline or a supervisor on ChildLine;
  • £292 could pay for a volunteer counsellors daytime shift;
  • £420 could cover a year of freephone call costs to a child who needs counselling;
  • £1,600 could pay for the recruitment and training of a volunteer counsellor.



Some of the services provided in the North East include:



The NSPCC's Newcastle Brighton Grove project - offers a therapeutic service for children and young people aged between 4-18 who have suffered harm and abuse. Brighton Grove works across three local authority areas - Newcastle, North Tyneside and South Tyneside.


The Kaleidoscope project based in Sunderland works with children and young people who display sexually harmful behaviour. The aim is to try to understand and change their behaviour, and to support their families. The majority of children and young people who display sexually harmful behaviour have suffered, or are suffering abuse of some kind. They need advice, support and treatment. We cannot afford to let them fall by the wayside. We must address their behaviour.



ChildLine - The Yorkshire and North East ChildLine office is based in Leeds, and received over 10,700 calls from worried and distressed children from 1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008. Children and young people call ChildLine for a wide range of reasons. The top five reasons for calling the Yorkshire and North East ChildLine office are bullying, physical abuse, family relationship problems, facts of life and sexual abuse.



How can you get involved?



Exciting events in the North East:

Help Support Rachel Weddle complete 125 Miles for the 125th Year Anniversary of the NSPCC

This year, 2009, marks the 125th anniversary of the NSPCC. To help celebrate the anniversary Rachel Weddle, age 25, from Fenham, is taking part in four road races, one aquathon and four triathlons to run, swim and cycle 125 miles. Rachel Weddle kicked off her campaign to complete 125 miles for the NSPCC with the Sand Dancer 10k run in South Shields on Sunday 5 April.

She will then be taking part in the following, up to 30 August: Mermaid 10k run, 10 /4/09, Washington Aquathon 2/5/09, Jesmond Handicap 04/05/2009, Darlington Triathlon 17/5/09, Northumberland Triathlon 21/6/09, Sedburgh 10 mile run, the Sun City Triathlon 19/7/09, Stockton Triathlon 30/8/09, swimming a total of: 2.6 miles, cycling 77.5 miles and running 46 miles.

People can donate to Rachel on her Just Giving site www.justgiving.com/rachelweddle


Network North's Caribbean Ball in aid of the NSPCC Saturday 13th June 2009

Limbo into summer and come and join us on Saturday June 13 for a fantastic charity ball at Ramside Hall, Durham.

Guests will be welcomed at 7.30pm for a drinks reception, followed by a three courses of Caribbean food and fabulous entertainment from a steel band and disco until 12.30PM. During the evening there will be a fabulous prize draw, an auction and other activities.

The ball is Carribean Dress with tables of 10 at £500 and individual tickets at £50 each. For tickets to the ball, donations of prizes, or for further information please contact: Marc Gordon at Network North on e-mail: marc@networknorth.org.uk or Danny Mitchell, NSPCC, on 07791 216671 or e-mail dmitchel@nspcc.org.uk

Network North Race Day at Sedgefield in aid of the NSPCC Tuesday 25 August 2009


The theme of the day is 'Summer Garden Party' giving everyone a chance to dress up in their Summer finest, whilst enjoying a great day at the races. There are six races up for sponsorship on the day, the first race starting at 2.15pm. For £2,000+VAT companies or an individual can sponsor an individual race which includes:




  • A race in the name of your choice, can be company's name, a service or product you supply, or even in a person's name;
  • Advertising nationally of the race name;
  • Logos on racecourse TVs;
  • Entrance into winner's enclosure to present the winning trophy;
  • Table for 10 - Three course meal.

Or Tables during the race day, can be purchased for £500 per table for 10 people, this includes:

  • Admission to the Grandstand enclosure;
  • Racecard;
  • Three course meal;
  • Table for the duration of racing and Tote table side betting service;
  • Bar facility.

To sponsor a race or to book a table please contact: Marc Gordon, Network North, email: marc@networknorth.org.uk or Tel: 07960 113456, or Alex Gordon, Network North, on Tel: 07949 402966.







The NSPCC is calling for would-be hikers across the North East, Teesside and Northumberland to get their walking boots on and sign up for the NSPCC's HACK - 'Hike against Cruelty to Kids' - a 25 mile hiking challenge through some of the most stunning countryside in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.



The NSPCC's North HACK takes place on Saturday 5 September 2009, starting and finishing in Clapham. The route will go through some amazing countryside, natural woodlands, valleys, viaducts and gorges, rising up to see striking views across Yorkshire from the pinnacle of one of the peaks.


The HACK is a great way to start a keep fit campaign, and is an amazing challenge and experience. The HACK will be a fabulous day out in the great outdoors and a valuable opportunity to support the NSPCC.You could even make the walk part of a great weekend away. Every penny of sponsorship money will be used to support NSPCC projects and services across the United Kingdom and Channel Islands.


Registration fee is £15 and is for over 18's only (£1 of the registration fee is being donated to the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority to help support path maintenance and enhancement in the Three peaks area of the natioanl park). For further details and online registrations and payments, please log on to www.nspcc.org.uk/hack or contact the NSPCC North appeals office on Tel: 0113 2299 313 or e-mail: canuHACKit@nspcc.org.uk





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