Newry City Hall to light up green tonight to support NSPCC’s Christmas appeal

Posted by
Monday, December 7th, 2020

Newry, Mourne and Down Council is proud to support NSPCC Northern Ireland’s Here for Children Christmas Appeal as child cruelty and neglect offences in Northern Ireland increase by 22% this year alone.


Newry Town Hall illuminated green in support of NSPCC NI back in 2019 - Newry what's on


This evening, Monday 7 December, along with several buildings across Northern Ireland, Newry Town Hall and Down Leisure Centre in Downpatrick will be illuminated in the charity’s distinctive green colour to provide a beacon of hope for children at risk of abuse this Christmas.



In Northern Ireland, in 2019/20, there were 605 offences which is more than three times the total in 2013/14 which was 184.

The NSPCC also examined the number of offences that took place in the first three months of the spring lockdown and found that 5,476 child cruelty and neglect offences were recorded by police, across the UK, from 1st April 1 to 30th June this year.

In Northern Ireland, where the PSNI provided data to the NSPCC on request, during the same period there were 109 offences.

The charity has also launched a new TV appeal which depicts some of the heart-breaking abuse contacts the NSPCC run service Childline expects to take in the Christmas holidays.


Copywriter Ireland - Paul Malone, Tall Paul Marketing, Freelance Belfast Copywriter - Tall Paul Marketing Blog Writer - Copywriter NI


Unfortunately, one in three calls to our Childline service will go unanswered.

That’s why every penny raised is so vital.

As part of its new appeal, the charity is calling on the public to donate £20 to the NSPCC so that services like Childline can be here for children this Christmas.

Joanne McMaster, NSPCC Supporter Fundraising Manager for Northern Ireland, said, “The pandemic is the greatest challenge we’ve faced in decades and we’re extremely grateful to Newry, Mourne and Down Council who will be turning Newry Town Hall and Down Leisure Centre in Downpatrick green to help raise awareness of the NSPCC’s Here for Children Christmas Appeal.



“Unfortunately, during the spring lockdown, 50 children a day across the UK turned to Childline after suffering abuse and neglect.

“Thousands more children will suffer over the Christmas holidays, and Childline may be the only place they can turn which means it is more crucial than ever to donate if you can this year.

She adds, “We appreciate every penny.”

To donate this Christmas, please click here.



Adults concerned about a child can contact the NSPCC helpline seven days a week on 0808 800 5000, or email


Keep up to date with the latest Northern Ireland business news, marketing tips and tricks and advice for local businesses on the Tall Paul Marketing website.


Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed


This website does not share personal information with third parties nor do we store any information about your visit other than to analyze and optimize your content and reading experience through the use of cookies. You can turn off the use of cookies at anytime by changing your specific browser settings.

We are not responsible for republished content from this blog on other blogs or websites without our permission. This privacy policy is subject to change without notice and was last updated on 16/01/2017. If you have any questions feel free to contact Newry Times by emailing

Log in