Letter: NSPCC’s Number Day

This letter sent to the Star was written by Melissa Holland, Schools service manager for NSPCC North

By Melissa Holland
Monday, 26th April 2021, 7:14 am
NSPCC Numbers Day
NSPCC Numbers Day

Children’s lives have been turned upside down over the last year due to challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, with many spending extended periods of time out of school and behind closed doors.

The NSPCC’s Childline service has heard from thousands of children who have found this time really challenging. Some have felt overwhelmed with home schooling and struggled to access their learning due to a lack of technology, whilst others have missed their friends and family and many have seen their mental health deteriorate.

The NSPCC and Childline adapted during the pandemic so our frontline staff could continue to be here as a vital source of support for those children who felt like they had nowhere else to turn.

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Even though children are now largely back at school, it remains vital that we are still here to support those who are struggling with the impact that the pandemic has had on them.

To help us be here for children and to remind them that Childline is a source of support they can turn to, we are encouraging schools across the country to get involved in the NSPCC’s Number Day.

This annual fundraising day, which is based around fun maths activities, will take place in primary and secondary schools across the country on May 7, in aid of the children’s charity.

As part of the day, schools can sign up to enjoy puzzles, games and challenges to raise vital funds.

There are a range of activities for different age groups and teachers will also be provided with resources including information on supporting their school’s safeguarding.

It’s now more essential than ever that children aren’t left alone, isolated and unsupported with their worries and the money raised from Number Day will help the NSPCC in its mission to make 2021 a better year for children.

To sign up, visit the NSPCC’s website and search for Number Day and fill in your school’s details using the registration form.

Thank you for your support.