Venues across Scotland will be illuminated green on the longest night of the year in support of child protection charity the NSPCC and its Childline counselling service.
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions in Edinburgh, Glasgow Botanic Gardens and Dundee and Glasgow science centres will all be lighting up green on Wednesday, December 21.
On this day, the NSPCC is asking people across Scotland to dust off their walking boots and to get into the festive spirit by taking part in the charity’s 5k fundraiser. The children’s charity is inviting families, friends and colleagues to get together for the sponsored walk to raise money to support it and its Childline service this Christmas.
On average, two children a minute contact Childline. The service’s counsellors receive calls about many concerns and issues, including abuse, neglect, self-harm, and anxiety.
Caroline Renton, Supporter Fundraising Manager for NSPCC Scotland, said: “We’re extremely grateful for the support given by all the landmarks across the country participating to help raise awareness of the NSPCC. The charity relies on public donations for the majority of its income, which is why we’re calling on people in Scotland to help it support it children and prevent abuse and neglect this festive season.
“By joining our Walk for Children, every step that participants take and every pound they raise will help Childline be there for all children, even on the longest night of the year. Together let’s make a difference.”
To sign up for Walk for Children and to see a list of local participating landmarks search Walk for Children on the NSPCC website.
For anyone taking part in Walk for Children in Edinburgh, please remember to share any photos on social media using #WalkforChildren.