THANK-YOU: Grateful for your support

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I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of your readers in Northumberland 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 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 will be a massive help.

In Northumberland, we are looking for volunteers to help out.

There are many different ways that people can volunteer their time, including helping becoming an NSPCC ChildLine Schools Service volunteer; getting involved in an event by setting up stalls or taking photographs, cheering on NSPCC participants in a sporting race or activity or by hosting a fund-raising event like a bake or jumble sale.

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, call me on 0797 606 5053 or email ni had.cehic@nspcc.org.uk or log on to nspcc.org.uk/volun teer.

Nihad Cehic,

Community Fund-raising Manger – North East,

NSPCC Regional Centre,

Wallington House,

Starbeck Avenue

Newcastle