Limerick Childline office handled one in seven Christmas Day cries for help

Mike Dwane

Reporter:

Mike Dwane

CHILDLINE volunteers in Limerick took over 200 calls from distressed children on Christmas Day, according to the ISPCC.

CHILDLINE volunteers in Limerick took over 200 calls from distressed children on Christmas Day, according to the ISPCC.

The children’s charity said seven people had come in to its Limerick office on December 25 for what proved to be a busy day. Around one in seven of the calls to Childline nationally were handled by the local office.

“For most children, Christmas is a time to have fun and spend time with family. For many others however, the reality is very different and the Christmas holidays can be a time to fear. The season can bring unwelcome stress and trauma and alcohol abuse in the home can also have a hugely negative impact on children,” explained a spokesperson. 

Nationally, ISPCC volunteers received almost 1400 calls, texts and messages over the 24-hour period. This amounted to an increase of 38 per cent in contacts compared to Christmas Day 2010.

Margie Roe, national Childline manager, stated: “Children contacted Childline on Christmas Day for a variety of reasons but the majority of calls this year were from children who were experiencing family difficulties and loneliness. We also had children who had used the service this year, contacting us to let us know that they were doing okay and to say thanks.” Those interested in joining the ISPCC team of volunteers in Limerick can contact Meadhbh on 061 400077 or email mterry@ispcc.ie