Dame Esther Rantzen, founder of the child helpline Childline, flew into Northern Ireland this week where she met the Ballymena man who has taken over as head of the UK-wide organisation.
Shaun Friel, who lives in Ballymena but is originally from Scotland, first started working as an online counsellor for the NSPCC-run service in 2002.
Esther met Shaun at ‘An Evening With Dame Esther Rantzen’ hosted by NSPCC sponsors, Belfast-based-debt strategists Bell & Company on Wednesday. The corporate sponsor is also holding a gala ball in aid of Childline at Titanic Belfast on October 18. To book individual or corporate tickets Call 078 8957 1196 or 0330 159 5820 or email email@example.com.
Childline is also currently recruiting volunteers for its Belfast and Foyle offices. See: www.nspcc.org.uk/childlinevolunteer for more information.
The Childline helpline is tel 0800 1111.