Barnardos children’s charity has been voted the charity of choice by Metro Herald readers for 2012. Barnardos was chosen by over 500 readers through Urban Life, the newspaper’s online readership survey to be the free newspaper’s chosen charity this year. Barnardos will receive over €100,000 in advertising space and editorial support to help promote its work with children and families, fundraising drives and campaigns in Ireland.
The charity works with over 6,000 children and families each year out of 40 project centres in Ireland. Its services include parent and toddler groups, pre-school and after-school services, while lending intensive family support where children’s well-being may be under threat or parents could use some outside support.
Barnardos’ chief executive Fergus Finlay said many of the children and families they work with face poverty, neglect and educational disadvantage. Early intervention is crucial and education helps break the cycle of poverty to allow children reach their full potential, create better opportunities and futures for themselves.
Paul Crosbie, managing director, Metro Herald, said Barnardos is a great organisation, which does invaluable work to improve the lives of children in Ireland and his newspaper was honoured to support them.