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9:39 AM 7th October 2018

Children’s Author, poet and storyteller made Honorary Council member by the NSPCC

Christina Gabbitas being made an Honorary Member of the NSPCC’s Council
Christina Gabbitas being made an Honorary Member of the NSPCC’s Council
Celebrated children’s author, poet and storyteller Christina Gabbitas has been made an Honorary Member of the NSPCC’s Council for her dedication to child protection and her fundraising efforts on behalf of the children’s charity. She was given the award at the charity’s Annual Council meeting which was held in London.

Christina, who lives in North Yorkshire, has previously shown her support for the NSPCC by running this year’s London Marathon, along with an incredible thirty 10k races to mark the 30th anniversary of the charity’s Childline Service in 2016.

However it is not through fundraising alone that Christina shows she cares and is currently promoting the charity through her series of Children’s Reading Festivals, which encourage children from all cultures, backgrounds and abilities to fall in love with reading. Christina has also written a rhyming book endorsed by the NSPCC which addresses safeguarding issues, exploring the difference between good and troublesome secrets, encouraging primary school children to speak out if they are worried by anything.

An animation of her book Share Some Secrets (www.sharesomesecrets.com) has been added to an online Child Exploitation toolkit offered by Lancashire Police to professionals working with children and young people.

Christina said “I feel so proud to receive this honour. To be associated with the NSPCC, who work tirelessly to protect and support all our children facing abuse and neglect is really gratifying to me. I am so clear in my view that nothing could be more worthwhile, then keeping children safe and giving them the vocabulary to ensure they know how to express their worries and speak out in times of need. I had a wonderful day.”

Christina was nominated for the Award by Ali Jeremy, Director of Communications at the NSPCC; she said “Christina deserves the highest level of recognition from the NSPCC for her dedication and unstinting enthusiasm. She is a wonderful lady who is passionate about safeguarding whilst conveying a love of reading which can open up so many new worlds for our children.”