Nottinghamshire bullying helpline set to launch
THE first free 24-hour anti-bullying helpline in the country is set to be launched in Nottinghamshire in a bid to save lives.
Final touches are being applied to the Combat Bullying advice service in readiness for its official launch on Saturday, November 1.
It will be run by Nottinghamshire-based volunteers who can be contacted by phone or text on their mobiles at any time of day or night.
The new helpline has been welcomed by Barbara Cullerton, whose 17-year-old daughter, Chloe Hayden, killed herself on February 27, 2011, after being bullied online.
The 59-year-old, of Hawker Close, Beeston, said Chloe complained about boys bullying her on the internet before taking her own life.
“Too many people are killing themselves because of bullying and it needs to stop,” she said.
“Something like this should have been done a long time ago and if it helps just one person, it will be well worth it.
“My daughter’s death has ruined our family because we have been left behind, and that shouldn’t happen to anyone.”
Tina Clough was bullied throughout most of her school life. The 29-year-old, of Kennedy Drive, Stapleford, said: ““I looked different to the other kids because I was very small and had curly hair. Both boys and girls called me names and threw things at me in class.
“If the helpline was available when I was young, I think I would have used it, because I didn’t want to upset my parents.”
The exact number of people being bullied in Nottinghamshire is unknown but it is thought that one in five suffer some form of torment.
Natalie Harvey, Combat Bullying founder, who was bullied from the age of four for having curly ginger hair, said: “The helpline could save lives by just giving people someone to talk to. When I was bullied, there was nowhere for me to call or go and I want to change that.
“There are times when I get more than 1,000 messages in my inbox, so there is definitely a need for this.
“Sometimes just hearing a friendly voice can make all the difference.
“As far as know, this will be the first charity run 24-hour anti bullying helpline.”
The helpline number will be 07724656349 but will not be active until November 1.