11 Oct 2011

Update:We’re delighted to let you know that our event at St Paul’s Cathedral will be going ahead later today (15 November) as planned. Anyone going to Evensong must be seated in the Cathedral at 4.45pm as Evensong starts at 5pm. More details are below. 

St Paul's CatherdralYou are officially invited to join The Children’s Society and young runaways for Evensong, 15 November in St Paul’s Cathedral at 5pm.

The service will be a celebration

The service will be a celebration of our Make Runaways Safe Campaign, and a chance to pray for 100,000 children and young people who run away in England each year.

Many of these children put themselves at very serious risk and tragically, in most cases, do not get the help they need. We have been working with children like these for over 25 years; leading the research, policy and practice agenda to ensure that young runaways are not left to cope on their own.

We will gather at St Paul’s on the eve of the launch of Still Running 3, our latest research report that examines the state of runaway children in this country.

Who will be there?

The Bishop of Truro and Chair of The Children’s Society’s Trustee Board, Rt Revd Tim Thornton, will deliver a sermon reflecting on the campaign.

Young people who have survived to tell the tale of running away from home will be participating in the service. Celebrities and dignitaries will also be in attendence.

Please join us for a unique service to help make a difference for runaways. Celebrate with us in worship, pray for our work and join our campaign now at makerunawayssafe.org.uk to make a difference to those without a safe haven and without a voice.

Reserve your place

Please reserve your place at evensong.

If you have any questions or would like to reserve your place via telephone or email, contact our Supporter Care Team, 0300 303 7000 or supportercare@childrenssociety.org.uk. Please quote the reference 'EVEN'.

Can you please be seated by 4.45pm.

Concerning protests outside St Paul's

Our Evensong in support of the Make Runaways Safe campaign will take place as planned on 15 November.

We are fully aware of safety concerns and have remained in close contact with the Cathedral over the last few days. We have taken a number of additional measures to ensure the smooth running of the event.

We will, of course, continue to monitor the situation for any extraordinary changes in circumstances and recommend that you continue to check this website for further announcements.

We very much look forward to welcoming you at the Cathedral on 15 November to tell you more about our campaign to create a national safety net for children who run away from home or care.