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Play | raise money | help keep children safe | NSPCC Childhood Day 2021 across Northern Ireland

NPSCC NI Supporter Fundraising Manager Joanne McMaster, invites you to play, raise money for the NSPCC, and help to protect children, on Childhood Day 2021 across Northern Ireland

We know that children across Northern Ireland have just experienced one of the most difficult years imaginable - schools closing for extended periods, combined with isolation and the removal of vital support networks meant that many children lost a year of their childhood.

At the start of the pandemic, the change in daily routines, being stuck at home and the removal of professional support from schools caused great worry and anxiety in young people, particularly those who were already coping with other issues in their lives. The start of this year and the January lockdown presented another particularly challenging time for young people, as COVID death rates rose and schools closed down for a second time.

Indeed, NSPCC’s Childline service recently revealed data that shows there have been over 1,100 counselling sessions with children from Northern Ireland about mental or emotional health since April last year.

NPSCC NI Supporter Fundraising Manager Joanne McMaster

After such a year, we could all do with a bit more play and that’s why we’re asking everyone across Northern Ireland to play their part in giving children a great summer and a brighter future as we launch our fourth Childhood Day in Northern Ireland.

It’s all taking place on Friday 11 June 2021 and in the run up to the day, we are asking everyone to celebrate childhood by organising a play event to raise money and help keep children safe.

There are so many different ways you can play your part: whether you host a treasure hunt, a charity team game or have an online gameathon, whether you are 5 or 85, we are encouraging you to get involved on the day, with family, friends or workmates, we have a fundraising pack full of idea but whatever you do and whoever you do it with, please make sure you follow government guidelines on exercise and social distancing.

For more information, please visit:

or contact the NSPCC Northern Ireland Team at:

By supporting Childhood Day, you are raising awareness and crucial funds to enable us tohelp keep children and young people, from Northern Ireland, safe.

Yours sincerely,

Joanne McMaster

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