NEWS: Children’s charity launches GoFundMe page after 10-fold increase in calls to counselling hotline since Manchester attack
A leading children’s charity has received a 10-fold increase in calls to its counselling service since Monday’s terror attack in Manchester.
Blackburn-based Child Action Northwest, has been working to meet the demand for counselling and advice from young people, parents, teachers and other care professionals seeking support and advice in the aftermath of the attack.
The organisation has launched a GoFundMe campaign which has raised almost £200 in less than a day to cover extra counsellors and is urging organisations across the region to work together to deliver trauma counselling for young people.
Writing on the GoFundMe page, director of the charity, Martin Hartley-Smith said: “We are a children’s and families charity who provide counselling alongside other services, as a result of the terrorist attack last night our counsellors have been overwhelmed with referrals for children and teenagers to support them in coming to terms with the events of the 22nd.
“The referrals are coming from across the North West, Burnley, Blackpool and Preston, as children, young people and families travelled to the event from across the region.
“We have offered our support across the region and really need your help to appeal to raise funds to draft in more trauma counsellors to meet the high demand and setup a national terrorist trauma counselling service in time of events like this”.