Between June 7 and 14, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) reported 183 more canceled donations than in a comparable week the month prior, The Independent reports.
A spokesperson for the NSPCC declined to say how many of those canceled donations were a direct result of Bergdorf's dismissal from her post as an ambassador for Childline, a counseling service and hotline provided by the NSPCC for young people dealing with depression and other issues, telling The Independent that the NSPCC experiences "natural fluctuations week to week [and] month to month."
Bergdorf, a British model and activist who has risen to become one of the most prominent voices for trans and gender-nonconforming people in the U.K. over the past couple of years, was named a Childline ambassador on June 5. "Proud to be announced as @childline's first LGBT+ campaigner," she tweeted at the time.
The following day, notoriously trans-antagonistic British columnist Janice Turner and others began criticizing the appointment en masse, inaccurately calling Bergdorf a "porn model" who should not be working with kids. The smear campaign, propelled by at least one purported parents group that doesn't appear to actually exist, worked. The NSPCC announced on June 7 that it had cut ties with Bergdorf -- without even "do[ing] me the courtesy of telling me they were sacking me," the model told me in a phone interview last month.
"Kids need a variety of different role models. Regardless of whether they think I'm a good role model, kids look up to me," she told Out. "They're just trying to remove any trace of the transgender experience from the eyeline of children. They want to remove me from having any contact with children so that they won't know that I and people like me exist."