This Christmas, a child will contact Childline every 25 seconds. Donate now to help us answer their call.

Childline counsellors are there to help children with the problems they're facing, online and on the phone, 365 days a year. Your support will help make sure we're there to listen and respond quickly when a child finds the courage to contact us.

Sam suffered abuse and neglect, year after year

When Sam* bravely called Childline after years of abuse and neglect, we were there to listen and help.

He spent each Christmas locked in a filthy bedroom with just an old, stained mattress to lie on. 

On Christmas Day - like many other days - Sam was left unfed and desperate for food. Sometimes he'd even eat grass, or paper smeared with toothpaste just to make himself feel full.

For some children, the best present this Christmas is having someone to turn to.

"I had no dreams for the future. I just thought I'd starve, or be beaten to death.

"Christmas was mental torture. It was made worse by knowing that everyone else was having a happy time.

"I remember the counsellor saying, 'I am here to listen, share as little or as much as you want," says Sam. 

Childline was there when he needed to speak to someone and gradually we helped him build up the courage to tell his teacher what was happening. Social services were contacted and, finally, Sam received the support he needed.

It's down to your support that we're able to be there for children when they need us.

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Make a difference with a regular gift

£10 a month

This could pay towards therapy to help a child overcome the effects of abuse.

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£5 a month

This could help the NSPCC run its 24-hour helpline for anyone worried about a child's welfare.

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£2 a month

This could help pay for our trained Childline counsellors to be there for young people 24 hours a day. On average, a child contacts Childline every 25 seconds.

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How your money is spent

Boy talking to an NSPCC counsellor

During 2014 we spent £97 million on services and activities that directly benefit children and young people. This includes working with children and families, our helplines, our schools service and our child protection and awareness campaigns such as Share Aware.

*DISCLAiMER

Names have been changed to protect identity. Photographs have been posed by models.