A while ago I wrote about how you can support the work of the NSPCC by signing up for a personalised letter from Santa for you child with a donation to help support ChildLine, even though it’s now only 22 days to Christmas day it’s still not to late to sign up and have give your child an amazing treat with a letter from Santa.
The NSPCC provides a valuable service for children, carers and those that feel that a child is in danger or in need of help and support, with trained staff manning telephones of ChildLine they provide a listening point. Christmas isn’t always the fantastic time for children that we would hope and many feel vulnerable, are self-harming and in danger from those that meant to care for them. By signing up to get a letter for Santa with a suggested donation of £5 you can help children around the UK like the two below.
All names and potentially identifying details have been changed to protect the identity of the child or young person. Snapshots are created from real ChildLine contacts but are not necessarily direct quotes from the young person.
A young girl talks about why ChildLine is so important to her
I started self-harming when my Mum left us. Mum and Dad were always fighting and Mum had a problem with alcohol. Mum was always there for me, and now I don’t see her anymore. Dad won’t let me have any contact with her. I don’t want to tell my dad how I feel as I don’t want to upset him. It doesn’t feel good to cut but I need to. I think it might bring Mum back to me and it allows me space to think and concentrate on something else. It feels good talking to ChildLine as I can say how I feel and ChildLine listens to me.
Although we often think about depression being an illness in adulthood children suffer equally, the person on the end of the phone for children dealing with can be a lifeline to listen to them like this young lad.
I’m really feeling suicidal at the moment. I have been to hospital before as I have tried to end my life by taking an overdose. I’m lied at school and I’m feeling so angry with my dad. He drinks a lot and moved away a year ago. Sometimes going for a walk can help and I’m really close to my mum. I have medication for my severe depression, but I really feel like it isn’t working. I’m so glad ChildLine can help me.
Help to support the work of the NSPCC by signing up for your child to receive a magical letter this year and help those children that in all likelihood won’t find Christmas magical at all. Santa’s Mail room is open till 15th December.