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Have a big packed lunch to help protect children

By West Briton  |  Posted: August 28, 2014

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THE NSPCC is calling on people in Cornwall to get together to create a fabulous, creative or unusual lunch on Wednesday, September 17 as part of its UK-wide Big Packed Lunch campaign.

It wants people to donate the money they would otherwise have spent on a "same old, same old" lunch to help fund its ChildLine Schools Service.

Whether you stage a fancy lunch with cucumber sandwiches and scones, a children's meal with jelly and fish finger sandwiches, or an indoor picnic, the idea is simple – pick a date for your lunch, invite your guests, make sure they all bring some delicious food to share, make a donation to the NSPCC, then gather round and get stuck in.

The money raised through Big Packed Lunch will help to fund the NSPCC's ground-breaking ChildLine Schools Service, which uses trained volunteers to deliver age-appropriate workshops and assemblies for 9 to 11 year olds in order to educate them about abuse, how to protect themselves, and where to get help if they need it.

NSPCC research shows that, on average, two children in every primary school classroom have suffered abuse or neglect. However, whether it's through fear or lack of information, children are not seeking help or telling anyone what's happening until they are much older. Since its launch the ChildLine Schools Service has visited 42 schools in Cornwall and spoken to 2296 children, but with a total of 252 primary schools in the area, there is still a lot more to be done.

The NSPCC has produced a fundraising pack with tips for staging an event. To find out more see www.nspcc.org.uk/lunch

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