Letters, July 2 2021

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Fond farewell to Kintyre friends

It is with sadness that after 39 years Jan and myself are leaving beautiful Kintyre and returning to the north of England and Wales to live closer to our families.

We have made friends from Tarbert, where we will miss our fishmongers Douglas and John, to Southend, where with the help of Ian – not too much help! – Frances must be the queen of cake-makers throughout Britain.

A very special thank you to the staff at the health centre and the very helpful staff at the Longrow chemist.

Best wishes to all our neighbours and friends and we hope to visit Campbeltown in the very near future.

Farewell and good luck to you all.

Jan and Geoff Bell.

Cattle grid finally removed

Great news – the pile of metal which was the cattle grid on the Isle of Gigha and was left at the side of the road has now been removed.

A big thanks to our roads workers for removing the metal and to my constituents on Gigha for their patience on this matter.

Councillor Alastair Redman, Kintyre and the Islands.

Grateful for support to keep children safe

Since April last year, our trained Childline counsellors have delivered more than 73,000 counselling sessions with young people who were struggling with their mental and emotional health.

More than 5,000 of these counselling sessions were with children aged 11 or under, an increase of nearly a third when compared to the year before.

However, as a charity that receives 90 per cent of our income from the public, we know this is something we have not achieved alone, and we are hugely grateful for the dedication and commitment of our supporters.

One way that the public can support us is through the People’s Postcode Lottery and, since 2018, players have provided crucial funding to the sum of almost £6 million to the NSPCC to help the charity keep children safe and well.

The funds have been used to support our vital services across Scotland. This includes our schools service programme; helping primary school children speak out and stay safe from abuse, and our service centre in Govan, providing therapeutic services to families.

And, of course, Childline, which provides free and confidential counselling to children and young people in need of support.

Childline is a lifeline for many children and over the past year thousands of young people have needed it more than ever due to the challenges they have faced during the pandemic.

Local lockdowns, school closures, isolation and the impact of being separated from family and friends led many children to get in touch with the service over the phone or online.

We can only make a difference for children together, and we simply couldn’t continue to run services like Childline without the public’s support.

To find out more about how you could help us be there for children through fundraising, get in touch at ScotlandFundraisingTeam@nspcc.org.uk

Paul Cockram, head of fundraising, NSPCC Scotland.