NSPCC Northern Ireland has paid tribute to Stephen Clements, a long-time ambassador with the charity, who has died suddenly.
Catherine Nuttall, Head of Fundraising for NSPCC Northern Ireland, said: “Stephen was a much-valued and much-loved ambassador with us. We were very lucky to have his generous support for many years and I was very fortunate to call him a friend.
“He was always so passionate about children and young people and supporting the work of the NSPCC and Childline across Northern Ireland. He was generous with his time, often taking several hours out of his busy schedule to support our fundraising and awareness raising activities.
“Stephen visited our Childline and NSPCC base in Belfast on several occasions to find out more about our work and also took time to visit a local primary school to see our Speak Out Stay Safe programme in action.
“He told me on several occasions how proud he was to be an NSPCC ambassador in Northern Ireland and we were incredibly proud to have him involved. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Stephen’s wife, children, family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.”