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Bookies have Esther’s number as they pay out £100,000

PUBLISHED: 18:56 26 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:59 05 October 2010

TV’s ESTER Rantzen got a visit from the bookies today (Monday) who paid out £100,000. She had gambled on their help—and came out trumps with a big fat cheque for her ChildLine charity. The veteran TV presenter was handed the loot at the charity’s national call centre in East London this morning as part of its Child’s Voice apppeal to keep the 24-hour helpline going that she set up 22 years ago

By Mike Brooke

TV’s ESTHER Rantzen got a visit from the bookies today (Monday) who paid out £100,000.

She had gambled on their help—and came out trumps with a big fat cheque for her ChildLine charity.

The veteran TV presenter was handed the loot at the charity’s national call centre in East London this morning as part of its Child’s Voice apppeal to keep the 24-hour helpline going that she set up 22 years ago.

The money was raised by 2,500 betting shops up and down the country in November as part of the charity’s appeal for £50 million to develop the NSPCC help-line, text and online counselling services including ChildLine which can only answer two-thirds of the calls it receives.

“It’s a tragedy when a vulnerable child who may be in danger or distress phones ChildLine and can’t get through to speak to someone,” said Esther.

“This donation will help pay to train 62 volunteer counsellors to answer 25,000 more calls from children who would not otherwise get through.”

ChildLine counselled more than 40,000 youngsters across London last year alone at its call centre in Spitalfields.

Volunteers don’t need previous counselling experience, Rantzen points out, as ChildLine trains them. All they need is “a commitment to help children.”

Donations can be made online to the Child’s Voice appeal.


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