North-east fundraisers have braved the winter sea, tested their general knowledge and laced up their trainers in support of Childline Aberdeen’s 15th anniversary appeal.
The base launched its three-year campaign last May and volunteers, staff, local businesses and members of the public have subsequently raised more than £50,000 in a bid to reach an £80,000 target in the first year.
The charity aims to reach the same target for the next two years, which will allow it to take on 150 new volunteer counsellors, with each costing £1,600 to recruit and train.
People have taken part in a wide range of events throughout 2019 including coffee mornings, jumble sales, fun-runs, and quiz nights.
Some have pushed themselves to the limits – with a local trio completing the West Highland Way in just three days, and a Childline volunteer swimming the length of the Channel in her local swimming pool.
The most recent fundraising challenge was the ‘Nippy Dipper’, which involved Childline supporters plunging into the North Sea on the shore of Aberdeen.
Among them were employees of CNR International which has raised over £25,000 for the charity since May.
Matt Connelly, community fundraising manager for the north east, said: “The response we had throughout 2019 has been incredible.
“Since we launched the appeal, we have raised tens of thousands of pounds towards our year one target of £80,000 and are well on our way to achieving our goal.
“I would like to say a huge thanks to the Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire community for really getting on board with our appeal.
Without their support, it simply would not be possible, and many children would miss out on the vital support that these funds will provide.
“I’d encourage anyone thinking of supporting a charity through fundraising in 2020 to get in touch and help us transform the lives of children both locally and nationally.”
The Childline service provides 24-hour support for children and young people, giving them a safe and confidential place to talk about whatever may be worrying them. It was the only service there for children 24/7 over the festive period.
If you would like to raise funds to help with the charity’s appeal, get in touch on 01224 531556 or email email@example.com