Letter to the editor
Wednesday 21 December 2011
As an ex-care worker for many years with Camden Social Services, I know how vital home is to children and young people. But tens of thousands of children, some as young as eight years old, run away from home or care up and down the country every year.
I’m supporting The Children’s Society’s Christingle appeal to support young runaways and you can help too.
Up and down the country in the run up to Christmas, church services called Christingles are going to be held to help raise vital funds for The Children’s Society’s ‘Make Runaways Safe’ campaign.
The Children’s Society’s Christingles are a great way for people to get involved in the campaign and raise funds for its work. Plus, these celebrations are a lovely way to get into the spirit of Christmas.
Last year children and their families took part in over 6,000 Christingle services across the country in churches, schools and clubs. Every child carries a Christingle - an orange decorated with a candle, red ribbon, fruit and sweets. At the service carols are sung and collections are made to help raise funds for the charity.
I’m backing The Children’s Society’s campaign to ‘Make Runaways Safe’ one hundred per cent. If you want to join me, or find out more, please call 0300 303 7000.
Paul O'Grady MBE
The Children’s Society supporter