A Donegal based businesswoman has said that as many as 45,000 calls could go unanswered if Childline is forced to cancel its night service, their most important service.
Ramona Nicholas became involved with Síle Seoige and other friends in the recording of “Maybe this Christmas” said, “Not only do we want to raise funds for two very worthwhile charities, ‘Childline’ and ‘The Make a Wish Foundation, but also to increase the awareness of the problems that these charities are facing.”
Childline, the ISPCC, currently runs a 24-hour service, says it is in need of emergency funding if the service is to remain operational at nightime.
She added, “My greatest concern is for the many children who are in extremely compromised situations who will have no one on the other end of the phone come January 2015. The thought of this is heartbreaking. While many of us have stability in our own homes, many children don’t at the most vulnerable times of their lives. This could ultimately lead to personal difficulties in the future, if these problems are not addressed and children are not listened to. These children really need this service on a 24/7 basis and many will not be heard next year if we cannot raise the funds.
“On a personal level, and having raised funds already as one of our appointed Charities of the Year at Cara ‘Make a Wish Foundation’ grant that wonderful wish to terminally ill children on their last journey in life - their last opportunity to see their dreams come true. I urge everyone to get behind this single - every euro makes a difference. The single will be available to purchase in all Cara stores from tomorrow and is downloadable from iTunes. It’s truly a beautiful song, and I am honoured to be part of this very worth cause.”