21st Jan, 2022

Landmarks across Coventry will turn green in aid of the NSPCC and Childline

FAMOUS landmarks across the country will light up green in support of the NSPCC’s Walk for Children on the night of Tuesday 21 December.

There will be landmarks in Coventry lighting up and turning the NSPCC’s trademark green including the Christchurch Spire, the Whittle Arch and The Yard.

Also, hundreds of people from across the UK will walk 5k to support and raise money for the children’s charity.

The people taking to the streets to walk and the landmarks lighting up green represent the hard-working Childline counsellors who are there for children, offering a beacon of light in their darkest times.

Councillor Patricia Hetherton, cabinet member for city services, said: “Coventry City Council is delighted to use the architectural lighting at Whittle Arch and Christchurch Spire to go green for the NSPCC’s Walk for Children.

“It is great to be able to raise awareness for the charity and support the event using our city’s landmarks.”

Amanda Synnott, community fundraising manager for Coventry, said: “Each building in Coventry taking part will shine as a beacon of hope in order to show all children and young people that they can always call Childline, whatever their problems and whatever their circumstance, and they will always get help.”

A dedicated team of volunteer Childline counsellors are going to do their utmost to support young people this Christmas.

Helping to deliver these vital counselling sessions over Christmas is Childline volunteer Suraiya Manhota from Coventry.

Suraiya said: “I am grateful to be working for a service dedicated to supporting young people, I currently work as a teacher at Barr’s Hill Secondary School and although young people receive ample support in schools they often still need support out of school hours.

“Childline is a vital service in allowing many young people the opportunity to speak freely without shame or judgement.”

The Childline service is here for children every day, even on Christmas Day.

Children can contact Childline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

To sign-up for Walk for Children and for more information, please visit the NSPCC website.

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