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Hertfordshire volunteer Ann Morrison lends support to the NSPCC

PUBLISHED: 13:30 12 October 2010 | UPDATED: 14:55 20 February 2013

The latest NSPCC campaign poster

The latest NSPCC campaign poster

As the NSPCC launches its latest campaign, Hertfordshire volunteer Ann Morrison explains why she gives the charity her full support

EVERY full double-decker school bus at the end of today is likely to be taking home around seven extremely unhappy children. Most of the lower deck would at some time during their childhood have been going home to serious worries. Approximately 10 children may be going home to a 'double-shift' of cleaning, laundry, shopping and preparing meals, and two or three will be in fear of violence between their parents while they were out, or of what might happen that evening.
The NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) works tirelessly to protect children like these and now 'Be the FULL STOP' is your chance to play a part in putting an end to their suffering. The NSPCC is calling on the public to take action against child cruelty, stressing that individual actions can, and do, contribute to ending abuse.
Ann Morrison from Chorleywood has been a volunteer fundraiser for the NSPCC for about six years. Her interest first began when she and her family moved back to England after living in Hong Kong for four years and she wanted something to do with her time. Having young children of her own at the time, she wanted to get involved in a children's charity and the one she knew most about was the NSPCC.
She agreed with what the charity stood for and contacted them. She was put in touch with the local fundraising branch with her role initially being to resurrect the Young NSPCC Group in Chorleywood which encourages children to fundraise for other children. The group is still going strong but Ann has since moved on to become Chairman of the Mid and West Hertfordshire Branch.
The branch members meet three or four times a year to share ideas and discuss fundraising events in the districts. Ann is also hands on with fundraising in the Chorleywood area. As a branch they have a great variety of fundraising events throughout the year from big events that happen regularly to smaller, one-off events. These include ploughman's lunches, Indian suppers, shoe sales, coffee mornings, Christmas fairs and even a chocoholic's evening.
A particular highlight for Ann was the ball they held in October 2006. Attended by 250 people and raising more than 27,000, it was a successful event in terms of fundraising but also in how everyone worked really hard together to make it happen.
Ann says, 'Obviously fundraising is crucial to the success of the NSPCC but what's also important is raising awareness of the charity and its work in the local area. We have a wonderful NSPCC project in Hemel Hempstead which helps children who have been abused and it's great to see how the money we raise actually works on the ground. You really feel like you're contributing and making a difference to children's lives.'
Ann has gained a lot from her fundraising for the NSPCC. She has met like-minded people, made great friends and had lots of fun but at the same time raised money for a worthy cause. Ann adds, 'You only have to watch the NSPCC adverts or read about child abuse in the newspapers, the statistics speak for themselves. We can all do our bit to help by giving as much or as little time as we can. I urge people to find out more about the NSPCC and how they can get involved.'

Article taken from November issue of Hertfordshire Life

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