THE NSPCC has had a very successful 2018.

Through our ‘Speak Out Stay Safe’ service we’ve taught 41,666 primary school children in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight about how to stay safe from abuse. We have trained volunteer counsellors who have delivered approximately 7,900 counselling sessions to children too who felt they had no one else to turn to.

We rely on public support to help us continue our work and it is only thanks to the generosity of people in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight that we have been able to reach so many children.

The new year brings with it the opportunity to make a fresh start, a chance to make resolutions and if any of your readers haven’t yet supported us, we would love them to think about getting involved in 2019.

There are so many ways to do this.

Why not take part in a sponsored event? Volunteer for our ‘Speak Out Stay Safe’ service or Childline, or join your nearest fundraising group and organise your own fundraising events?

To find out how you can support the NSPCC and help us reach even more children in 2019 and beyond, visit

Best wishes for the new year

Gemma Graves, Community Fundraising Manager for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight