Bosses at a children’s charity are celebrating after raising more than £25,000 by turning Sheffield green.
From gala dinners and green cake bakes to fancy dress and world record attempts, the NSPCC said it was thrilled with the way the people of Sheffield embraced Go Green Day supporting its ChildLine Schools Service.
Claire Reading, NSPCC community fundraising manager for South Yorkshire, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the support the people of South Yorkshire have shown the NSPCC over the last few weeks.
“It’s been wonderful to hear of the many wonderful events happening across the city and we’re delighted and very grateful for all the money raised for the NSPCC’s ChildLine Schools Service.”
The ChildLine Schools Service is delivered by trained NSPCC volunteers and provided for free to all primary schools in the UK.
It aims to help children, aged nine to 11, understand what abuse is, giving them the confidence to talk about it, the knowledge to prevent it and the courage to find help if they ever need it.
All the money raised from the Go Green Day, on Wednesday, November 20, will help to fund the service in South Yorkshire – and with money still pouring in, the NSPCC is hopeful the grand total raised may yet reach £30,000.
The NSPCC service centre, on George Street in Sheffield city centre, hosted a series of events for children and young people on the day.
Forty children helped design and paint an If I Ruled The World-themed mural directly on to one of the walls in in the centre’s entrance.
Karen Bates, service manager at the centre, said: “We wanted to do our bit for Go Green Day, to show our thanks and support, and we loved the idea of empowering children and young people, asking them what they would do if they ruled the world and how they would like it to be.”
Hallamshire Tennis, Squash and Racketball Club, Ecclesall Road, Hunters Bar, hosted an exhibition with Sheffield’s world squash champion Nick Matthew playing North Yorkshire amateur Chris Simpson.
Hundreds of people packed in to the club to watch the match, which raised more than £1,000.
The match rounded off two days of fundraising at the club in which four members attempted to break the Guinness World Record for the longest game of squash singles ever, eventually reaching 26 hours. Despite not managing the record, the team raised an impressive £9,700 with their efforts.
The Star did its part by turning the page one masthead green and at the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, Wath, more than 50 members of staff dressed in green, held a great green bake-off and a spot the green dot treasure hunt. Even the fountains in the Peace Gardens in Sheffield city centre were turned green for the day.
A gala dinner at Sheffield Wednesday Football Club’s Hillsborough Stadium – with entertainment and a talk from Peter Liver, director of ChildLine Services – raised £17,000.
Julie Kenny, NSPCC Sheffield and Hallam branch president, said: “We were thrilled with the support we had at the dinner and everyone’s generosity in every event held around the city.
“It truly is everyone’s responsibility to help protect the children in our local communities and it was inspirational hearing from Peter about the ChildLine Schools Service and how this amazing service aims to help prevent child abuse and give children a voice.”
Mr Liver said: “I would like to thank everyone for their hard work and support. We rely so much on the hard work of our volunteers and supporters to make a difference to children and couldn’t do it without support like this.
“As a Sheffield resident, I’m so proud of the local communities response in my hometown to our Go Green day which, has not only raised valuable funds for the charity, but is also raising awareness of the service we provide, and that really can help protect more children from abuse.”
The NSPCC also supported the first Universal Children’s Day in Sheffield, launched by Sheffield social enterprise group Youth Can Achieve, who hope to make it a national day of recognition for children and young people in the UK. To support Go Green Day, pledge £1 by texting 70744 and sending the message GOGREEN.