The White Hat organisation has given a cheque to ChildLine founder for £100,000 following donations raised at the White Hat Ball in January.

ChildLine founder, TV presenter and prospective independent parliamentary candidate for Luton South Esther Rantzen, said it was 'just extraordinary' and was a brilliant effort from the industry.

Speaking exclusively to SC Magazine, Rantzen said: "We have two limiting factors which prevent us answering every child - one is money and the other is having sufficient money to recruit and train those who answer the calls. What the White Hat Ball does is it allows us to answer the children, it is not a complex message, children who ring and would otherwise not get through get through, it is trying to say thank you for helping to protect vulnerable children."

"We know the internet can be a dangerous place, and what White Hat do is dedicated to making it a safe place for children."

Stephen Bonner, managing director of Barclays Information Risk Management, who hosted and acted as compere at the White Hat Ball, said: "To raise £100,000 in this economic climate is an enormous success and we are very pleased."