BEATBULLYING CONFIRMED AS BENEFICIARIES OF THE ROYAL WEDDING CHARITABLE GIFT FUND
London March 16th, 2011 – Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton have set up a charitable gift fund for those who very generously may wish to donate to charity to help the couple celebrate their wedding.
Having been touched by the goodwill shown them since the announcement of their engagement, Prince William and Miss Middleton have asked that anyone who might wish to give them a wedding gift consider giving instead to a charitable fund.
St James’s Palace has today confirmed Beatbullying as one of the charities to be recipients of the wedding gift donations.
Beatbullying is a leading children’s charity, working with young people to create a world where bullying, violence and harassment are unacceptable.
The charity focuses its campaigning around tackling bullying and child-on-child violence, training young people to become CyberMentors, equipped with skills to deliver mentoring support to their peers both off and online. CyberMentors is an award-winning peer mentoring social networking site, which to date has supported over one million children and young people.
Involvement with the Charitable Gift Fund will support Beatbullying’s mission to deliver its vital bullying prevention programmes – helping the one in three young people who experience bullying – and continue its work empowering young people to understand, recognise, and say no to bullying, violence and harassment.
Emma-Jane Cross, founder and CEO of Beatbullying says:
“Beatbullying is delighted to be working with the Charitable Gift Fund and greatly appreciates HRH Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton’s kind acknowledgement of our charity and the work we strive to do.
“We hope this partnership will help Beatbullying’s message resonate worldwide – that we all need to protect our children and young people who are often the most vulnerable in society.
“Monies raised through the fund will enable Beatbullying to increase its provision of support to the victims of bullying and their families, expanding our peer mentoring social networking site www.cybermentors.org.uk, supporting those being bullied as well as working with those who bully to help change their behaviour.
“Our research shows that one in three children have been bullied – this is unacceptable, but together we can stop this.”
For more information about the Charitable Gift Fund and to make a donation go to www.royalweddingcharityfund.org
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NOTES TO EDITORS
Beatbullying is the UK's leading bullying prevention charity, creating a world where bullying, child on child violence and harassment are unacceptable. Beatbullying empowers people to understand, recognise, and say no to bullying, violence and harassment by giving them the tools to transform their lives and the lives of their peers. We work with families, schools, and communities to understand the problem, campaign for change and provide a sustainable efficient and proven solution.
CyberMentors.org.uk is a safe, social networking site providing information and support for young people being bullied or cyber bullied. Young people, aged 11-25, are trained as CyberMentors, offline and online, so that they can offer support to their peers. Encapsulated by cutting-edge technology, it is a safe website where young people can turn to other young people for help and advice. CyberMentors are also supported by trained counsellors, available online. CyberMentors is a Beatbullying project.
Beatbullying has gained significant recognition for its anti-bullying work in schools and communities across the UK, working with more than 1.6 million children and young people since its launch in 1999. For more information go to www.beatbullying.org and www.cybermentors.org.uk.