There are thousands of great charities working day and night, all doing their best to respond to the needs of others. So having a day to pause momentarily and mark the crucial role of our charity in helping improve the lives of others is something we feel is really important.

This is only the fourth such UN-sponsored day, and this year they’re asking us to focus on poverty that persists, not just in developing countries, but also in wealthier nations.

Offering hopes to millions

Unfortunately, crime can affect all communities, and yet it has a disproportionate impact on poorer areas, including here in the UK. This is where Crimestoppers can play a key role. Making a call

Our service is open to everyone. We guarantee that whoever you are and wherever you live, you will remain 100% anonymous when you tell us what you know about crime in your community.

Our service is open to all regardless of their circumstances.

We offer hope especially to the millions of people who – for whatever reason – are reluctant or refuse to speak directly to law enforcement and pass on their information on criminal activity. This could be because of fear of revenge, retaliation or mistrust of authorities. Some criminals are very dangerous and in areas with high crime rates, the impression to some is that you are on your own. If you are too scared to speak to the police, then who else can you turn to?

Giving a voice to the voiceless

Our own research reflects this: the poorer you are, the less likely you are to report crime in your area. The more affluent you are, the more likely you are to speak up. People who rent, who have a disability and people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities are less likely to come forward. For example, 18% of white people in our recent survey were unwilling to report crime – but this increased to 24% among people from black and ethnic minority groups.

This is where Crimestoppers empowers people and gives a voice to the voiceless. Over the past year we’ve had 400,000 people contact us. Over 136,000 pieces of information sent on to relevant partners – this included information about nearly 1,900 violent crimes such as murder, 1,500 drink drivers and hundreds of reports about sexual abuse crimes – including rape.

Everyone has a right to feel safe. Crimestoppers is here to help 24/7. We have a unique remit. Please help us spread the word about our vital role as we mark International Day of Charity.

Find out more about Crimestoppers at www.crimestoppers-uk.org