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The Manor at Bickley to host Silent Witness star Emilia Fox alongside Dame Esther Rantzen, pianist James Rhodes and Agony Aunt Deidre Sanders for charity event

PUBLISHED: 12:56 10 April 2017

Silent Witness star Emilia Fox will be at The Manor at Bickley

Silent Witness star Emilia Fox will be at The Manor at Bickley

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The event is to raise awareness of Napac

An all-star line-up will be visiting Bickley this month to support a charity which helps victims of child abuse.

Classical pianist James Rhodes, whose memoir on his life and childhood was almost was almost banned until the Supreme Court overthrew an injunction in 2015, will be holding an intimate performance at The Manor as well as answering questions from Silent Witness star Emilia Fox.

The pair will be joined by journalist, presenter and ChildLine founder Dame Esther Rantzen and The Sun’s agony aunt Deidre Sanders.

The up-close and personal concert to raise awareness of Napac (The National Association for People Abused in Childhood) will also feature a video message from prime minister Theresa May praising the charity’s work.

Napac has successfully supported over 100,000 survivors of childhood abuse - including physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect. Napac runs a national support line and local support groups. They train people who work with adult survivors such as health professionals, police, the prison service, housing officers, addiction workers and many others. And advocate on behalf of survivors in the media and elsewhere.

It will be held on Saturday, April 29 from 7.30pm. Tickets cost £30 and includes champagne and a buffet.

The charity’s founder, Peter Saunders said “Around one in five adults have experienced some form of abuse in childhood. This number is extremely frightening.

“These children are often abused over a number of years, but even a single episode of sexual trauma can lead to devastating problems in adulthood. We provide a vital lifeline for survivors, 20 per cent of our callers are disclosing abuse for the very first time.

“We have already successfully supported tens of thousands of survivors, and with the recent child sex abuse claims within football coming to light, we believe this number is sadly set to increase, which is why the service we offer is so incredibly important. We are a life saver for many and wish to continue this.

James Rhodes is a long-standing supporter of Napac and we are extremely honoured to have him perform at our event. People are travelling from around the world to come and hear him play as well as listen to his honest account on life, including his childhood abuse.

The event is being paid for from ticket sales and is therefore not costing the charity anything. We hope to raise awareness of Napac and the services we offer. We hope by doing this, we can support more people who may need our help. Obviously donations on the night will also be well received.”

It will be held on Saturday, April 29 from 7.30pm. Tickets cost £30 and includes champagne and a buffet.

For information about The Manor at Bickley, please call - 020 8467 1461 or email - info@bickleymanor.co.uk

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