A family-friendly evening of glitz and glamour raised £106,000 for Childline – a service which is there for children who often have nowhere else to turn.
The Really Helpful Club Family Ball raised the stunning total for the NSPCC-run service with a black-tie champagne reception and dinner at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel.
Childline founder Dame Esther Rantzen and television presenter Adrian Mills hosted the evening, which included a silent auction and a variety of children’s entertainment, and ended with dancing.
Among the many guests was Made in Chelsea’s Sam Thompson, who was a regular on the show from 2013 to 2018.
The reality television star said: “I’m always proud to support the NSPCC and Childline’s fight for every childhood.
“It was my pleasure to attend and speak on their behalf at their most recent about online safety – a topic I’m acutely aware of being in the public eye.
“The night was good fun but an important one raising lots of money for the charity’s frontline services and I’m proud to have played a part in that.”
The money raised by The Really Helpful Club will go towards counselling children through Childline’s free helpline and online chat services. Last year more than £114,000 was made.
Head of Childline, Shaun Friel, said: “The Really Helpful Club has done a fantastic job in raising vital funds for Childline with a fun-filled family gala.
“This money will help ensure that we can continue to transform the lives of thousands of children across the UK, every hour of every day.”
The theme of this year’s ball, which took place on Saturday, September 28th, was mental health and keeping children safe online. In 2019 the NSPCC has been calling for a new law to make social networks safer for children with its Wild West Web petition.
To find out more, visit nspcc.org.uk/what-we-do/campaigns/wild-west-web/
Sarah Austin, Founder of Really Helpful Club, said: “It was a very special evening. It was such a pleasure to see three generations having fun together while raising awareness and funds for a wonderful charity.
“It was fantastic to hear from our inspiring speakers and we are so proud to be making a difference to young people’s lives across the UK.”
Children can contact Childline on 0800 1111, while adults concerned about children’s wellbeing can contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0800 800 5000.