Big times ahead for Havant bullying charity as it launches nationwide

Chloe and Emma Hine, centre, with Beat The Bullies helpers in their new office block in Havant
Chloe and Emma Hine, centre, with Beat The Bullies helpers in their new office block in Havant

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THE charity came from humble beginnings in Chloe Hine’s bedroom.

And soon it will launch as a national charity, with dozens of young people working from a huge suite on the top floor of an office block in Havant.

Beat The Bullies has made sensational strides in the past six months, thanks largely to the hard work of Chloe, 16, and her mum Emma Hine, 38, and their growing number of supporters.

The concept for the charity was sparked from Chloe’s heartache after being badly bullied at school.

Chloe, of Prospect Lane, West Leigh, turned to making music as a way to express herself and plans to help other children in the same way.

Beat The Bullies officially launches on November 16 at the start of national Anti-Bullying Week.

Chloe is hoping to raise £10,000 to kit out at a new music studio at the office at Langstone Gate.

Chloe, the winner of this year’s Music Star award at The News’ Youth Awards, said: ‘It’s surreal – it hasn’t quite sunk in yet how amazing everyone has been and how much we have grown.

‘To go from a tiny project helping a couple of people in the local area to now being launched nationally is kind of crazy.’

The charity was boosted by a £10,000 grant from the Car Finance Company in a Friends in Finance project supported by The News.

Seaward Properties and Spectrum in Havant have both helped get the new office off the ground.

Mobile phone giant O2 has helped to produce the website, and Broken Bricks films helped to produce a new music video.

But it’s been long days.

Emma, 38, a former gym instructor who is now the chief executive of the charity, said: ‘It’s 15 hours a day.

‘Chloe and I are so tired!

‘It’s definitely worth it, though.’

The charity is in desperate need of sponsorship from businesses, as well as donations for its music studio.

Visit crowdfunder.co.uk/beat-the-bullies-1. If any business can help email Emma@Beatthebullies.org
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