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PTS faces its toughest challenge in aid of NSPCC

01 April 2009

ChildLine Visit

Alan Ball, the Managing Director of leading plumbing and heating merchant PTS, is set to lace up his running shoes and take part in the Flora London Marathon on 26th April 2009 - all in aid of the NSPCC.

Alan has teamed up with Mike Conlon from Twyford Bathrooms and Paul Massey from Ideal Boilers to complete the run and raise over £15,000 for the worthy cause which also funds ChildLine - the 24 hour confidential helpline for children in danger or distress or who have a worry. Both Mike and Alan visited the ChildLine head offices in London earlier this month to see where their hard earned sponsorship money would be making a difference and to encourage further support for their biggest fundraising challenge to date.

Alan commented: "The NSPCC recently reported that the number of suicidal children turning to ChildLine counsellors has tripled in the last five years. On average, the service counsels 60 suicidal children per week and of that number, one in fourteen require medical assistance or are in immediate danger. In 2008 a record 13,000 youngsters were counselled for sexual abuse, a 50% increase from three years ago. Due to funding, ChildLine can only answer two thirds of its calls so our continued fundraising is vital.

"The Flora London Marathon is a tremendous challenge but the work of the NSPCC, which provides the ChildLine service, is incredibly worthy. PTS chose the NSPCC as its partner charity in 2008 and its work to wipe out child abuse has been inspirational throughout the intense training which goes into preparing for the marathon. We are lucky to have a fantastic relationship with our suppliers and this has been demonstrated by Mike and Paul who have agreed to run with me. All three of us have a mammoth task ahead, but with nearly £15,000 in sponsorship money pledged already, we are more determined than ever to reach the finish line on April 26th."

PTS named the NSPCC as its partner charity at the start of 2008. By continuing its money raising campaign, PTS aims to help vulnerable children and young people at risk of cruelty in the UK. Donations can still be made by visiting www.justgiving.com/alanball.