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Aberdeen Childline volunteer cycles length of UK to raise vital funds

Laura Appleton Childline Aberdeen volunteer counsellor
Laura Appleton Childline Aberdeen volunteer counsellor

An Aberdeen childline volunteer has cycled the length of the UK – without leaving her home.

Laura Appleton cycled almost 900 miles to raise money and awareness for the Childline base in the city.

She surpassed her target thanks to “generous friends and family” and has raised more than £1,000.

The children’s charity has been a lifeline for many in Scotland during the pandemic as counsellors have heard about a range of issues, including ill family members, parents losing jobs and young people experiencing abuse.

Ms Appleton, from Kintore, has been a Childline counsellor for a year.

She said: “I got into volunteering for Childline shortly after I became a parent.

“I was looking into the work that the NSPCC do with new parents and how they can support them.

“Then a friend suggested volunteering as a Childline counsellor and I thought it would be a great fit with my lifestyle.

“It’s a great feeling to know that you have helped a child just by being there and listening to their problems – and to have given them some advice.”

Anyone who would like to sponsor the challenge can visit the fundraising page. 

Children and young people can contact Childline about any worries by calling 0800 1111 or clicking here.

The NSPCC Helpline is also available for advice and support on 0808 800 5000.

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