Letter: Help us prevent child abuse

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of your readers, our supporters and volunteers in Harrogate and North Yorkshire who have supported the work of the NSPCC during the last year.

Without the backing of local people the NSPCC would not be able to help abused children rebuild their lives, or be there for parents who desperately need advice and support. As we move into 2015, I would like to appeal to your readers to make a very special kind of New Year’s resolution for the NSPCC ‘Just One Day’.

This is a call for people to come forward and volunteer some time to support our work – even if people can only spare one day, it can be a massive help. In Harrogate and across North Yorkshire we are looking for volunteers to help out. There are many different ways that people can volunteer their time including helping out at an event, becoming an NSPCC ChildLine Schools Service volunteer, or cheering-on NSPCC participants in a sporting race or activity.

Abuse ruins childhood, but it can be prevented. That’s why the NSPCC is here. That’s what drives our work, and that’s why – as long as there’s abuse the NSPCC will fight for every childhood. Please join us in the fight for every childhood by volunteering some time to support the NSPCC, whether you can spare a day a week or just one day. To find out more please contact the North fundraising office on northappeals@nspcc.org.uk or call 0113 2182732 or log on to www.nspcc.org.uk/volunteer for a range of volunteering opportunities.

Elaine Kaye

NSPCC community fundraising manager for Harrogate