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NSPCC launch furry fundraiser as it appeals for Devon businesses to support its Bear Diaries  

Authored by Mary

Businesses in Devon have the chance to recruit a furry helper and raise crucial funds for the NSPCC thanks to its new fundraising initiative.

The children’s charity is launching a unique fundraising opportunity in association with Build-a-Bear in which only a limited number of local businesses will be able to take part.

For a £50 donation, businesses can acquire a temporary...

NSPCC and O2 urge parents to make online safety a New Year's resolution

Authored by Mike Page

The NSPCC and O2 are urging parents to make online safety a priority for their children if they are given smartphones, tablets or games consoles this Christmas.

The advice comes after the charity and mobile network operator found that thousands of parents who have played the O2 NSPCC Parents vs Kids online safety quiz were getting questions about parental controls wrong.

Out...

Superman Steve runs almost 400 miles in aid of NSPCC

Authored by Mary

This summer marks the end of a year-long fundraising push by a Plymouth man who has completed a series of sponsored runs to celebrate his 60th birthday.

Steve Neal has covered over 390 miles since turning 60 in June of last year, raising over £1,300 for the NSPCC by taking part in races dressed as popular superhero Superman.

He first started fundraising for the NSPCC in 2002...

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NSPCC appeals for volunteers to keep children safe in Plymouth

Authored by News Desk

The NSPCC is appealing for more volunteers in Plymouth, to help teach primary school children about the different types of abuse.

The children’s charity funds a Schools Service across Plymouth, which sees trained members of staff and volunteers deliver Speak Out Stay Safe assemblies to children.

The assemblies are tailored to different year groups to ensure the content is age-...

Festival of Trees event raises thousands to help protect children

Authored by Mary

Plymouth businesses have raised thousands of pounds for the NSPCC this Christmas, by supporting its annual Festival of Trees event.

More than 25 Christmas trees, and garlands, are on display at the Theatre Royal Plymouth throughout the Christmas period, providing a festive treat for visitors and passers-by. Each has been sponsored and decorated by a local business, volunteers, school...

Get Your Sparkle On for NSPCC this Christmas

Authored by Mary

The NSPCC is encouraging people across Devon and Cornwall to get into the festive spirit and ‘Get Your Sparkle On’ as part of its Christmas campaign.

The children’s charity’s Christmas fundraising initiative asks people to get their friends, family or work colleagues together and sparkle up their outfits, or decorate their faces with eco-glitter.

Anyone taking part is...

NSPCC launches 'Letter from Santa' campaign

Authored by Mary

Dear Editor,

As we approach the festive season I would like to ask your readers in Plymouth to do something amazing this Christmas to support the vital work of the NSPCC by requesting a Letter from Santa.

We’ve teamed up with Santa himself to send personalised letters all the way from Lapland.

Each letter is printed and posted directly to your child in a festive...

Plymouth pub to go green for NSPCC

Authored by Sarah Parker

The China House in Sutton Wharf is staging a series of spooktacular Halloween activities to raise money for the NSPCC this half-term.

The pub, part of Vintage Inns, has recently partnered with the NSPCC to raise funds for the charity which works to protect children in the UK.

To kick-start the association, The China House will be taking part in Go Green For Halloween and will...

Four child sex offences reported every day in Devon and Cornwall

Authored by News Desk

The number of child sex offences reported in Devon and Cornwall rose to 1358 in 2014-15, according to figures obtained by the NSPCC.

It compared to 1125 the previous year as the charity called on the Government to increase funding for support services for children who suffer abuse.

In England and Wales, the figure soared by a third to 41,457 over the same period with recorded...

Theatre company deliver safety messages to teens

Authored by Mary

Devon and Cornwall Police and Devon County Council have joined forces with the Solomon Theatre Company to deliver safety workshops to teenagers about rape and child sexual exploitation.

National theatre group Solomon having been visiting schools across Devon and Cornwall throughout February and March using their drama ‘Last Orders’ to bring personal safety issues to life. The hard-...

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