NSPCC boss visits Brixton market to thank local fundraiser

Stuart Horwood (right) with Peter Wanless, Chief Executive of the NSPCC
Stuart Horwood (right) with Peter Wanless, Chief Executive of the NSPCC

The NSPCC chief executive, Peter Wanless, paid a surprise visit to Brixton to thank Stuart Horwood, for his fundraising efforts for the charity. Horwood, chief executive of the Market Traders Federation, has set himself the challenge of a 100-mile bike ride in aid of the NSPCC. By David Child.

The Prudential Ride London to Surrey 100 takes place on 31 July. He has already raised around £300 via his just giving page and a collecting tin on his watch stall has £60 in it so far. Donations are still being gratefully received.

Horwood said: “I’d just like to thank everyone who has already donated, including the mystery donors.”

He chose the NSPCC as the charity he would ride for because of the important work it does with children.

Peter Wanless NSPCC Chief Executive said: “Ninety per cent of the NSPCC’s funding is from individual donations. Efforts such as Stuart’s represent the foundations upon which the charity operates from.

“The biggest challenge used to be convincing people that children were being neglected. Now people are more aware and we have to convince them it doesn’t have to be like this.”

The NSPC is working in schools with children as young as five teaching them what’s appropriate behaviour and how to ask for help.

“The whole online world is opening up a playground for predators. The challenge now is to raise prevention with internet providers and parents.”

Stuart training in Tenerife
Stuart Horwood training in Tenerife

Horwood is embarking on a rigorous training programme. He aims to complete two 50 mile rides a week in the lead up to the cycle ride – a far stretch from his daily commute into Brixton of eight miles. He has, however, managed to squeeze in some much-appreciated warm weather training. On a recent trip to Tenerife, he tackled pain-staking mountain climbs and enjoyed glorious sunshine in equal measure. Practice that will prove invaluable on the ascent of Box Hill.

Wanless said “The strength of the charity comes from people who passionately want to help children. It’s thanks to people like Stuart’s efforts the NSPCC can continue to be an effective and independent voice.”

The NSPCC is a national charity that work to prevent child abuse and neglect and offer support to those who have suffered such abuse. It operates ChildLinea private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19. Call free on 0800 1111 to have a one to one chat.