Clare Balding helps raise thousands for Childline

This week female Olympic and Paralympic medallists and sports personalities attended an exclusive event raising thousands for Childline.

For the second year, the Trailblazers evening celebrated female talent from the world of sport and media with a Q&A hosted by award-winning sports broadcaster Clare Balding.

On the panel sharing inspiring and insightful stories from their careers were:

  • Jordan Nobbs – Footballer who plays for FA WSL club Arsenal and England.
  • Samantha Quek, MBE – Olympic gold medallist and European Champion field hockey player, and now sports presenter and columnist.
  • Emma Wiggs, MBE – Paralympic gold medallist and World Champion para-canoeist and former sitting volleyball player.
  • Anna Kessel MBE – The Telegraph’s Women’s Sports Editor, Author ‘Eat, Sweat, Play’ and Co-Founder Women in Football.
  • Charlie Webster – Broadcaster, Ministry of Justice victim’s advisor, and ambassador for Women’s Aid and Malaria No More UK.
  • Harriet Dart – Third highest-ranked female British tennis player and headliner for the Great British Fed Cup squad
  • Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Johnson – British swimmer who has won gold medals in the Paralympic Games and International Paralympic Committee (IPC) world championships

The incredible panel also discussed mental health, giving an insight as to how it has affected them and how they’ve coped. Mental and emotional health issues are the number one reason for young people getting in contact with the NSPCC’s counselling service, Childline.

The event was also an opportunity to empower the future generation of women and young people.

Clare Balding helps raise thousands for Childline
Clare Balding, Emma Wiggs, Anna Kessel & Harriet Dart. Photograph credit: CPG Photography

The host of Trailblazers, Clare Balding OBE said:

“With over 34,000 counselling sessions being the first time a young person has spoken out about their problem, Childline is a vital service for many young people and needs our support.

“I’m so grateful to have once again been a part of the Trailblazers evening and to have had the opportunity to hear the inspiring experiences and work of impressive women from sport and media, all in aid of Childline which is there for young people when they need it most.”

Guests also heard from sports broadcaster, Charlie Webster who shared her story of being sexually abused by her running coach when she was a teenager.

All the money raised on the night will help Childline counsellors to answer every young person who contacts them, currently, the charity is only able to help two in every three children.