The annual NSPCC White Ball has raised a record-breaking £193,000 for Childline, showing the increasing importance of the charity for ‘keeping the internet safe’ and fighting child abuse.
It has been running for fourteen years and has raised more than £1.7million for the Childline service during that time.
Last year, the child’s service delivered three thousand counselling sessions about bullying online and online safety.
Childline president, Dame Esther Rantzen said: “The money the information security and risk industry have raised will help us be there for more young people, some of whom are in desperate need of our help.”
Rantzen hosted the evening at London’s Lancaster Hotel with television presenter and writer, Nick Knowles, alongside six hundred and fifty guests from the industry.
Knowles added: “I was honoured to be asked to host the NSPCC’s White Hat Ball raising vital funds for their life-changing service, Childline.
“It is so important and for many years has literally been a lifeline for children suffering abuse and unable to speak out in any other way.”
The evening, sponsored by KPMG, started with a champagne reception followed by a three-course dinner and music by The Phat Cats. They have previously performed with the likes of Rita Ora, Adele and Nicole Scherzinger.
It included various fundraising activities including a silent auction, raffle, a live auction conducted by committee member Clive Room and a powerful pledge led by author Matt Carey.
Children can contact Childline 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Visit the website here