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10 January 2011, 13:30 | Updated: 10 January 2011, 13:33
Safer MK would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to local people for their incredible generosity in donating Christmas gifts to the campaign for women and children in local domestic violence refuges.
There was a massive response, with children’s and women’s clothes, toys, books and toiletries being donated.
Irene Chittenden, Head of Services at MK-ACT said: “I would like to say an enormous thank you to people in Milton Keynes for their overwhelming generosity. Women and their children in our refuges each had a gift to unwrap on Christmas morning. Christmas can be a difficult time for those who have left their homes. The women felt grateful to know that people were thinking of them.”
Women escaping domestic violence usually leave their homes with few possessions. They don’t have extra clothes, toiletries or toys for their children.
Irene continued: “We received so many donations, there were many items left over after giving everyone a Christmas gift. The extra donations, especially clothing and toiletries, will be invaluable to help those who arrive with us throughout the year.”
Refuges provide a safe house for women and children where they can live free from violence and abuse. They offer temporary accommodation, as well as help and support to those fleeing a violent home. Last year, Milton Keynes refuges provided a safe haven to 79 women and 96 children.
If you are being abused by someone close to you, or are worried about someone who is, please call MK ACT on 0844 375 4307 or visit www.safermk.com for support and advice.