Couple celebrates golden wedding anniversary by funding One Unforgettable Day for Childline
A Cardiff couple celebrating 50 years of marriage will fund Childline for an entire day to make their special anniversary a day to remember for many children.
Volunteers from the NSPCC-run service advise children and young people across the UK on everything that matters to them at 12 Childline bases, including two in Wales.
Long-term supporters of the child welfare charity Alan and Maggie Peterson from Cardiff, South Wales will fund Childline for a full day on Saturday 5 June as part of the initiative One Unforgettable Day of the association and to coincide with their 50e wedding anniversary.
The couple have supported the NSPCC for decades and both have served on its Wales Fundraising Appeal Board, helping the charity, which depends on the public for 90% of its income, to raise funds crucial.
Maggie said, “The NSPCC has been there for the children for what has been, for many, the most difficult year of their lives.
“The past year has been difficult and as we have all struggled with different aspects of this pandemic, it is the children who have undoubtedly borne the hidden cost of the crisis.
“Having spent time before the pandemic at the Childline bases, meeting many volunteers as well as the founder of the service, Dame Esther Rantzen, we consider this service essential for the children.”
Maggie served on the appeals committee during the charity’s Full Stop campaign after its launch in 1999, while Alan became chairman of the board in April 2016 – raising £ 3.7million for the charity over a three-year period. He was recognized for his charitable fundraising services by the Queen, receiving an OBE in the 2019 New Years Honor Roll.
In October of that year, the Petersons became volunteer vice-presidents of the NSPCC at its annual board meeting.
Emma Brennan, NSPCC Cymru / Wales Supporter Fundraiser, says: “Alan and Maggie are extremely dedicated and passionate about eliminating cruelty to children and have both spent considerable time in get to know our volunteers, staff and supporters to see how we can best make a positive impact for the children of Wales.
“Marking their golden wedding by donating £ 30,000 to fund Childline for a day is a reflection of their characters and their unwavering dedication to our cause – preventing abuse and protecting children and young people.
“We are extremely grateful for the continued support of Alan and Maggie, who are helping us make a difference in the lives of the children, and we wish them many congratulations on their 50th wedding anniversary.”
Childline hears every day from children who are abused, suffering from mental health issues or struggling to cope. Since April 2020, nearly 90,000 counseling sessions have been provided to children and young people across the UK on mental wellness and abuse.
This is the second year in a row that the couple have sponsored One Unforgettable Day, donating £ 30,000 to fund the Childline service for an entire day.
Alan Says: “Maggie and I have chosen to mark our golden wedding anniversary on June 5th by donating one day running costs to Childline across the UK, via the ‘One Day to Remember’ gift option .
“Maggie, our son Hywel and I loved knowing that when we chose to offer ‘An Unforgettable Day’ to mark special occasions in our lives, we are also helping hundreds of children when they have nowhere. where to turn. It really made a special day for us, unforgettable for many children.
“Having done so already, we are delighted to provide the essential financial support for this service and hope others who may replicate our efforts.”
Alan and Maggie will be celebrating their birthday with family and friends and have requested donations for Childline through their JustGiving page instead of any gifts they might receive.
Individuals or businesses interested in learning more about how they can help the NSPCC always be there for children and youth by funding Childline for a day can visit nspcc.org.uk/100 days or call 020 3772 9615 for more information. As part of its “FT 100 Unforgettable Days Campaign” and partnership with the Financial Times, the NSPCC hopes to secure funding from individuals and businesses to fund Childline for 100 days..
Childline is available for young people on 0800 1111 or at www.childline.org.uk
Anyone concerned about a child can contact the NSPCC helpline for advice on 0808 800 5000. Adult victims of non-recent sexual abuse can also contact for help.