Childline is an NSPCC service where children and young people can get the support they need to feel safe, whatever life has thrown at them. Unbelievably, a young person contacts Childline every 25 seconds and Childline provides over 270,000 counselling sessions to children & young people.
NSPCC receives around 90% of their funding from generous supporters. So, we work tirelessly to raise much-needed funds for the invaluable services they offer.
Bell & Company have been proud charity partners of NSPCC NI and Childline for the past 5 years. Read on, to find out more about how we have helped the NSPCC. If you would like to donate to the NSPCC or join their fundraising efforts, you can find out more here.
In late 2016 Directors, Terry and Amanda, attended an NSPCC fundraising event at which David Tait was speaking. David spoke first-hand about the abuse he suffered as a child and detailed how the work of the NSPCC helps vulnerable children. They were so moved by his speech that they immediately decided Bell & Company had to do their part to help this amazing charity.
To inaugurate our new relationship with the NSPCC Northern Ireland, Bell & Company organised a star-studded black-tie event in Belfast’s recently opened Titanic Museum.
Hosted by Pamela Ballantine, this event was a hit with Belfast’s ‘high rollers’. Ultimately, with the help of our guest, we managed to double our fundraising target. We ended up raising £10,000 and we haven’t stopped since.
Read on to find out more about how we help such an amazing charity.
In 2018 we collaborated with the NSPCC and Omagh-based balloon artist Ryan Tracey to attempt to beat the world record for most balloon animals in 1 hour; all whilst raising much-needed funds for NSPCC NI.
This event formed part of the NSPCC’s annual childhood day celebration. The record was beaten, with a total of 839 balloons in 51 minutes. More importantly, we helped to raise money to continue supporting the NSPCC’s vital Childline service and help create awareness of the work they do.
After the success of our first charity ball, we jumped at the chance to host a sequel. We welcomed 350 guests back to Titanic Belfast for a night of food, fundraising and entertainment. David Tait, the NSPCC spokesperson who started our partnership spoke at the event and highlighted just how important the NSPCC is to many of the guests.
The evening was sponsored by many local businesses and the support we received from everyone was nothing short of amazing. It was incredible to see how people can pull together when they are supporting something so important!
As the COVID-19 pandemic struck, we had to think outside the box for our fundraising in 2020. Chairman Terry Bell had stumbled across a challenge set by former navy SEAL, David Goggins. It was decided upon to test our team’s stamina and fundraising abilities.
This ‘Power of 4’ challenge saw four team members running 4 miles, every 4 hours, for 48 hours. Thanks to the support of our business partners and kind donations from family and friends, we managed to raise just over £10,000, with just a few bruised knees…
Unfortunately, the pandemic threatened to hamper our fundraising ability for the second year in a row. Luckily, the team were rearing to go again.
This time, 10 of us took on the Power of 4, again completing the full 48 miles. We understood how much the pandemic had hit vulnerable children and how much fundraising the NSPCC had missed out on. The team doubled down on our fundraising and managed to double the previous year’s amount, raising over £24,000.
We aren’t planning to stop anytime soon, the team are already planning for 2022…