25 Nov 2015

Diane-Louise Jordan is launching our annual Christingle campaign, to help raise £1.3 million towards our vital work

Diane Louise Jordan with a Christingle

Diane-Louise Jordan

TV and radio presenter Diane-Louise Jordan is launching The Children’s Society’s annual festive campaign, Christingle, to help raise £1.3 million towards the vital work the charity does to support vulnerable children across the country.

Diane, a former Blue Peter presenter who now presents The Sunday Hour and Songs of Praise, is launching the Christingle campaign which is raising awareness of child sexual exploitation. All money raised through the campaign will go towards the support The Children’s Society provides to children affected by this

Diane’s support will urge people to attend one of the family-friendly Christingle fundraising events in a church in their local area. 

The celebrations, which have been held across the country for the past 47 years, include singing and storytelling for both children and adults and revolve around children creating Christingles - a decorated orange with red ribbon, cocktail sticks and sweets. These, as well as a candle, highlight different parts of the Christian story. 

Money raised at Christingle events is vital to our work to end child sexual exploitation

Thousands of young people are being sexually exploited in every type of community across the country and children as young as 10 are being targeted. The Children’s Society wants to double its long term support and help more than 1,000 children and young people to stay safe and rebuild their lives through its specialist services. 

Diane says of her support: 'I believe that love in childhood is the foundation for success and happiness for every one of us and being a parent is probably the most important and rewarding role in the world.

'That’s why I’m supporting Christingle, as money raised will help the most vulnerable children in society, some of whom have no family to love and protect them. Their vulnerability means they are at greater risk of sexual exploitation which steals their innocence and their childhood.

'Please support Christingle and the work of The Children’s Society to help change the lives of thousands of children'

'The Christingle orange symbolises the love of Christ shining in the darkness, a beacon of hope in a landscape of despair for too many children. So please, support Christingle and the work of The Children’s Society to help change the lives of thousands of children.'

Matthew Reed, Chief Executive of The Children’s Society, said: 'We are so grateful for Diane’s support of our Christingle campaign and her powerful image to raise awareness of the work we do to support children who are victims of child sexual exploitation.

'Unfortunately too many victims are not getting the help they need but money raised through Christingle events across the country will help us in our fight and to support those children seriously affected by it.'

Find a Christingle service near you, or find out more about Christingle.

Media Enquiries 

For more information, please call The Children’s Society’s media team on 020 7841 4422 or email media@childrenssociety.org.uk. For out-of-hours enquiries please call 07810 796 508. 

Notes to editors

The Children’s Society is a national charity that runs local services, helping children and young people when they are at their most vulnerable, and have nowhere left to turn. We also campaign for changes to laws affecting children and young people, to stop the mistakes of the past being repeated in the future. Our supporters around the country fund our services and join our campaigns to show children and young people they are on their side.

Find a Christingle service near you, or find out more about Christingle.