Queen of British crime writing Martina Cole has thrown her weight behind a £1 million fundraising drive to help vulnerable children across the county.
The best-selling author, who lives in Sevenoaks, gave her support to the NSPCC’s Forever Smiles appeal which will fund services aimed at supporting looked-after children and young people at risk of harm.
Last year, there were 1,821 children in Kent and Medway subject to a child protection plan because they were considered at risk of abuse. Some 532 were aged four and under.
The 53-year-old writer, who has become an international phenomenon through her gritty novels which give an insight into the criminal underworld and its victims, says money raised through the campaign will support these children.
“I’m delighted to be supporting the NSPCC’s Forever Smiles appeal and I’m calling on people in Kent to get behind this fantastic cause,” she said.
“Money raised by the appeal will help protect some of the most vulnerable children and young people in the county and give them the help and support they need to change their lives for the better.”
The appeal was launched last Thursday at the NSPCC’s service centre in Gillingham.
The charity has developed the centre to serve the whole county, offering bespoke support designed specifically for children in the area.