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Mumsnet are working with Aviva and their charity partner Railway Children to try and get folks talking and thinking about the issue of children who run away. This Christmas and winter time this issue seems all the more important and we’d love you to help.

Did you know….

It’s estimated that a child runs away from home or care every five minutes in the UK

In a recent survey, one in 11 teenagers aged 14 to 16 admitted to having run away overnight at some stage in their life

It’s impossible to know the true scale of the problem: two-thirds of runaways aren’t reported as missing to the police, and many are too vulnerable or scared to seek official help

It’s estimated 2000 children will run away over Christmas

We know this is every parent’s big nightmare and that it can happen to anyone – it’s nothing to do with family economics or where people live.

There’s lots of info on Railway Children and the work they do here

Why am I blogging this?

For each blog post from a MN blogger Aviva will donate £2 to Railway Children. And every post that receives comments, they will donate another £2 for each comment and also for any tweets sent, or mention on Facebook. Aviva will donate up to £200,000 by the end of 2013 as part of the campaign.

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What would I like you to do?

Please leave a comment below, whether you’ve experienced a child running away or simply leave a message to support Railway Children.

As mentioned above, Aviva will donate £2 for every comment received. Share this post to twitter and Facebook for more donations.

Click on the link for more information.

Thanks for reading and please do comment and share Jx 😘

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Comments on: "#Runningaway – please RT/comment and help support Railway Children" (18)

  1. Ciara MacGrath said:

    Have no experience of this. Hope this comment helps those who do. Well done Jeanette. :-)

  2. We must never treat running away from Home as a Trivial Issue. Whatever the circumstances it is always a relief when all works out well and a Tragedy is avoided.Stop the Tragedies.

  3. Important stuff and great work.

  4. Hi, I’ve also blogged about this very worrying issue. It’s definitely every parent’s worst nightmare. Good for your for raising awareness about it.

  5. I’m participating in this too. Such a great cause to get behind. The stats are scary and it’s incredible to think that 70% of those who have run away are not reported as missing.

  6. Great article

  7. I’ve blogged about this too, such a great charity so lets hope we can raise lots of cash! :)

  8. Well done for raising awareness for this very important issue, the numbers of children who runaway each year is frightening, even more so that many go unreported.

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