A helping hand for the abused

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At the end of a year when The Independent has campaigned for victims of child abuse to be given a voice, we would like you to support our Victims of Abuse appeal to help children whose lives have been devastated.

Our Christmas fund-raiser is in support of projects run by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children to help children who have been abused and to help prevent future abuse.

The NSPCC relies on public donations for 85 per cent of its income. We would like you to contribute between now and Christmas. Your money will go to help projects such as the freephone helpline which takes on average 1,200 a week, the London Investigation Team which works with police and social services to investigate paedophiles and the Kaleidoscope project in Newcastle which treats children who have abused other children.