YOUNGSTERS at a primary school in Portsmouth raised £1,098 to support a vital lifeline for children in desperate situations.
The seven to 11-year-olds at Stamshaw Juniors took part in a three week sports challenge involving a range of exercises to raise funds for NSPCC’s Childline service, to mark Anti-Bulling Week.
And their hard work was praised by an NSPCC representative who visited the school to talk about all the excellent work Childline does, at an average cost of £12 a call.
Simon Cattermole, headteacher, said: ‘I was staggered at the amount the children raised. I think it will help a lot of young people who need help.’
He added: ‘Anti-bullying week provides a focus on the issue and it was great to be able to make such a terrific contribution to a service that reaches out to children in danger of harm.
‘Bullying goes on at any time and takes many forms, but we have to make sure children who feel they are being bullied have someone they can talk to and know something can be done about it.
‘The person doing the bullying also has to understand that their actions will hurt someone mentally or physically.
‘It’s only through that sort of education and early intervention that we will be able to put an end to it.’