Magazine article The Spectator

Why Children Need Us

Magazine article The Spectator

Why Children Need Us

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From Mary Marsh Sir: In attacking charities such as the NSPCC, the RSPCA and Cancer Research UK ('Bullying for charity', 12 November) Guy Adams also harms the beneficiaries.

Both larger and smaller charities have a vital role to play in the voluntary sector.

Each has its strengths and they complement one another.

It is also wrong to assume that because the NSPCC is a national charity, it is not 'local'. We have 177 projects across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands, all with strong links to the local community. Some of these projects work to help children rebuild their lives after abuse, and some work to prevent cruelty in the first place.

Campaigning and lobbying are a key part of preventing cruelty. Our 'sinister advertising slogans', as Adams describes them, are not mere slogans. …

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