Did you know that 200,000 children are facing emotional neglect this Christmas?
It sounds harsh and let’s face it, it is. Many young people this festive season won’t be celebrating with friends and family, instead their day will be filled with neglect and abuse like all the others before and after Christmas.
This festive season The Children’s Society has launched its #Christingle50 campaign – supporting vulnerable young people through raising funds at Christingle events across the UK to support the hundreds of thousands 10 to 17 year olds in the UK are experiencing emotional neglect on a regular basis, unable to turn to their parents if they had a problem or were upset. Some children facing emotional neglect are also struggling with other difficulties at home that create far from a picture of a happy Christmas. The charity found that:
- 11% of 10 to 17 year-olds experiencing emotional neglect also do not have their own bed (either sharing a bed or did not have a bed at all)
- 21% 10 to 17 year-olds experiencing emotional neglect had also been homeless in the last 5 years
- 20% of 10 to 17 year-olds experiencing emotional neglect also lived in a household that had used a food bank in the last 5 years.
I remember the Christingle services in both my primary school and my secondary school and this year I have decided to spend some quality time with Joshua by heading out to our local Christingle service to show our support to this important issue and to mark the start of our Christmas festivities with the Christingle service at Southwell Minster and I can’t wait. After all, being together and being thankful for all that we have is super important and more so round Christmas time so going and helping others with our donation at the service is just the icing on the cake .. or should that be ribbon on the orange!
So no matter how you celebrate this festive season remember a little bit of giving can go a long way.
*We have not been compensated in any way for this collaboration with Children’s Society*