Daybreak TV presenter goes back to school for ChildLine campaign launch

TV presenter Anna Williamson (left) and area co-ordinator Rachel Burrage, with pupils Ethan Anderson

TV presenter Anna Williamson (left) and area co-ordinator Rachel Burrage, with pupils Ethan Anderson, Elin Thomas, Harry Hayley, Maggie McCormick, Joshua Barker, Ben Barker, Callum Atkins and Aimee Anderson - Credit: Archant

A TV presenter has gone back to school to launch a child support campaign.

Anna Williamson, a regular on ITV’s Daybreak and children’s channel Nickelodeon, visited her old school Ardeley St Lawrence Primary School on Thursday to raise awareness of ChildLine’s Now I Know project.

The campaign is part of ChildLine’s school service, where specially trained volunteers speak to primary school pupils about abuse and how to get help.

The 32-year-old, who returned to the school in her capacity as a ChildLine counsellor, said: “It was great to be able to visit my old primary school and help support the latest ChildLine campaign – Now I Know. Education about abuse and arming children with the knowledge of how to protect themselves and where to go to for help is so important.

“I spent many happy years at Ardeley, but for some children school isn’t a happy experience if they’re a victim of bullying, for example. Letting children know that there is always someone to talk to about any of their problems from an early age is vital, and I’m so pleased to be able to support this latest campaign and raise awareness of the ChildLine Schools Service.”

Although the service has just been launched in Hertfordshire, across the UK more than 270,000 children in almost 4,000 schools have taken part in workshops. ChildLine is looking for volunteers to help run workshops in the county, and will be holding interviews on Friday, November 8, and Wednesday, November 13.

The deadline for applications is Monday, November 4. To apply visit or call area co-ordinator Rachel Burrage on 07795 970633.