Updated: 02/12/16 : 07:08:37
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ISPCC Childline / Aurivo Charity Partnership

Customers in all of Aurivo’s 33 Homeland stores across the North-West will be offered a chance to support the ISPCC with an option to add a donation of €1 at the till for one week from Monday 12th of December to Sunday the 19th of December.

Last Christmas day, Childline received 1,176 calls from children in distress. Every year, the incredible Childline volunteers give up their Christmas. They sacrifice their time with loved ones, so that they can be there for so many children who need our help. Letting a child know that there is somebody who wants to listen, someone who cares, can make all the difference.

Children call Childline for a number of reasons on Christmas Day. Some are lonely and just need someone who will listen to them, children like Anna* who woke up on Christmas Day to find there were no presents under the tree. Anna knows her mum and dad would have liked her to have a nice Christmas. But today she is afraid of what will happen when they wake up. Will dad be angry if she gets in his way again? Will mum be crying? Will there be dinner? Maybe Santa will still come.

Childline, and these children, need your help to continue answering calls like those from Anna.

Karen McGarty, Communications and Brand Manager for Aurivo stated: “Although many families around the country will be celebrating Christmas, some children will be alone, scared and sad on Christmas Day. This is so wrong but unfortunately a harsh reality. Aurivo are proud to support the ISPCC ChildLine with their continuing work, helping vulnerable children in Ireland who need someone to talk to. Donating to the ISPCC Childline allows us back the volunteers who will be there on Christmas day to take these children’s calls, and help them feel less alone at Christmas. Aurivo are proud to be a part of this campaign making a real difference in the lives of those most vulnerable.”

Corporate Fundraising Executive for the ISPCC, Carmen Taheny, said: “We would like to sincerely thank Aurivo for their ongoing support of the ISPCC and of our important Childline service. I would like to thank the staff for their work on the €1 donation day but also for their work throughout the year. It is greatly appreciated and continues to help us allow children access vital services, especially on Christmas Day. Please go to your local Aurivo Homeland Store next week and donate just €1!”

If you cannot make it in to an Aurivo Homeland store or would like to donate more than one euro, you can log on to the ISPCC website here. Any donation can help make a real difference. As little as €10 will pay for 10 text conversations to our Talk Text service while €300 will sponsor a child’s mentoring visits for one month.

To find out more information on the Aurivo donation day or to find locations, please log on to http://www.aurivo.ie/