Fun day sets the bar for Gala in the Garden

NSPCC volunteer Jan Pallas
NSPCC volunteer Jan Pallas
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A family fun day raised £2,000 for Childline ahead of the charity’s Gala in the Garden next month.

The event, hosted by Alnwick Garden, saw a host of fun activities for all the family, including the final of a special ChildLine Talent Show that saw the best of the North East’s young talent compete, in aid of the Childline Schools’ Service.

And the four winning acts, The Kings Priory Trio, from Tynemouth, MTA Glee Club, from Hartlepool, Rachel Lawrence, from Framwellgate School in Durham, and Victoria Bell, from West Park School in Hartlepool, will now perform on the same stage as Britain’s Got Talent singing starts Richard and Adam at the Childline Gala in the Garden on Friday, September 19.

Wendy Bates, NSPCC head of community fund-raising for the North East, said: “Our aim for the day was to raise awareness of ChildLine among children and young people in the region and to let local children know that ChildLine is there 24 hours a day, seven days a week for any child who needs to talk on the phone on 0800 1111 or online at

“It’s the first time we’ve held an event like this at The Alnwick Garden and it was a fantastic day. The charity is now calling on people and businesses to support ChildLine Gala in the Garden at The Alnwick Garden, which aims to raise a further £30,000 for the ChildLine Schools Service.”

The Gala will feature performances from singing brothers Richard and Adam, swing singer Alex Lomas and the young winners of the ChildLine Talent Show, as well as offering guests a three-course dinner, drinks reception and auction of exclusive prizes.

Tickets for ChildLine Gala in the Garden are priced at £70 each or £700 for a table of 10.

To book your place or for more information, contact or call 0113 218 2732.

Wendy added: “Ninety-two per cent of our funding comes from fund-raising activities like this and it’s vital that we raise as much money as possible to continue to provide valuable services like the ChildLine Schools Service so that children have the knowledge they need to keep happy and safe.”