Funds required for abuse line

The only national charity that supports adult survivors of child abuse is urgently seeking funds to re-open its freephone helpline, which was suspended in October.

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood was set up with £43,000 from Lloyds TSB Foundation and £20,000 from the Body Shop Foundation (Third Sector, 4 December 2002).

But these funds have run out and the charity has been surviving "on the power of prayer" for several months, said founder Peter Saunders.

The charity was fundraising at London's Victoria station on Sunday in the hope of resurrecting the helpline.

The line has received more than 20,000 calls since it was set up. Saunders said: "We are working hard to re-establish the service. It has proven to be a lifeline to so many ... I am confident that the service will resume again soon."

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