Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

23/01/08 West Lancashire MP, Rosie Cooper, is urging local peopl

The campaign calls on the public to help end abuse, stressing that individual actions can and do make a difference.

Speaking about why she is supporting the NSPCC, Rosie said: “The NSPCC cannot end cruelty alone and they need the support of others in a bid to do this. Individual actions can, and do, make a difference and I urge people in West Lancashire to go to the map and pledge support of some kind to do their bit.

“It’s vital we all play a part and this campaign demonstrates some simple steps we can all take – whether individually, in our schools, at our places of work or as part of our wider community groups – we can all do our bit to protect children.” People are encouraged to put themselves on the charity’s FULL STOP map which can be found at www.bethefullstop.com. Once on the map people can pledge to do one of a number of actions, from donating to becoming a campaigner.

Janette Drew, NSPCC community fundraising manager for Lancashire said: “Because 84 per cent of NSPCC funding comes from voluntary donations and fundraising, the NSPCC’s work, including its services in Lancashire, are heavily reliant on the generosity of the general public.

“I would really like to hear from anyone who is keen to start a new fundraising group in the area or doing a one off event. People can express their interest by putting themselves on the Be the FULL STOP map at www.bethefullstop.com or contact me on 01772 617695.

“By putting yourself on the map and pledging to undertake an action you are helping to spread the FULL STOP message.”

The NSPCC is fortunate to already have some supporters in Rosie Cooper’s West Lancashire constituency; however there are plenty of opportunities for everyone to make a difference. Last year’s community fundraising events included a sponsored sleepy time day at First Class nursery in Burscough, a drama production by the Skelmersdale Players, a dazzling Diamond Ball, and fundraising activity by Parbold Nursery. This year some of our supporters are getting fit and active and 2008 will see a team of West Derby cyclists planning a ride from Hull to Southport; a Burscough resident undertaking a triathlon; and year round support from Skelmersdale Athletic junior football group who have picked the NSPCC as their charity for the year.

The NSPCC also provides a number of services in Lancashire to help children and their families overcome the devastating effects abuse and neglect, including therapeutic and family support services.

One very simple act that people can do is to help the NSPCC spread the message about ending cruelty to children by putting up a poster, which can be downloaded or ordered for free from www.bethefullstop.com under the title ‘local campaigning deed’. The poster contains contact details for the NSPCC helplines, including ChildLine, so this simple action could assist someone who has a concern about the well being of a child, or even a child experiencing abuse themselves, in finding help.

Other actions that people can take to BE the FULL STOP include:

• Wearing a FULL STOP badge
• Getting involved in a local campaign
• Joining a fundraising group
• Learning how to recognise the signs of abuse
• Volunteering for ChildLine or another NSPCC service
• Donating £2 a month
• Reading an issue of Your Family (available in Early Learning Centre stores)
• Using, saving and passing on the directory enquiry number 118 520 which donates 9p per call to the NSPCC

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