Show your support for ChildLine

Esther Rantzen in her Hampstead home, London
Esther Rantzen in her Hampstead home, London

To celebrate its 25th birthday ChildLine is encouraging schools across the country to get involved in the Big Birthday week (October 8-12) and help break a Guinness world record for the most greetings on a single birthday card.

The ChildLine Big Birthday week will see primary and secondary schools across the country take part in a host of quirky fundraising activities to celebrate the milestone and, hopefully, raise £250,000.

As part of the Big Birthday, ChildLine is hoping to break the world record by inviting every school that fundraises to send in their birthday greeting for inclusion in the giant card.

Esther Rantzen, founder of ChildLine, said: “When ChildLine was launched back on October 30, 1986, it received 50,000 attempted calls on the first night from desperate young people who, until then, had no way of asking for help.

“Now, 25 years on we’re still providing comfort and protection for children and young people who contact us by phone and on-line but, of course, we need to raise funds to pay for the service.

‘‘Taking part in the ChildLine Big Birthday week is a fantastic way for schools to show their support, helping us to continue our service for another 25 years and more.”

ChildLine is a free confidential helpline and online service for children and young people.

Taking part in ChildLine’s Big Birthday week is simple. To find out more or to register a school to take part, visit