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Festive cheer for children affected by domestic abuse

A fundraising and Domestic Abuse fundraising event hosted recently by Safer Poole Partnership in Poole Town Centre proved to be a huge success, with the team managing to collect a huge selection of donated presents, which will go directly to BCHA’s Women’s Refuge and outreach service users and children.

The free event, which took place in a vacant shop in Kingland Road, also managed to raise a total of £1,541 via stalls inside the shop, which included a candy floss stand and photobooth, plus face painting, glitter tattoos and a large cake sale. Outside the shop, there was live music and performances all day, including Sounds of Soul choir and opera singer Deborah Fennella, while Hot Radio were on site broadcasting its Breakfast Show between 10am and midday.

All money raised from the event, which is in partnership with Soroptimist International, Women’s Institute, Poole, Borough of Poole, Dorset Police and Stand and Matter, will be split between local domestic abuse support services; BCHA Women’s Refuge, Dorset Rape Crisis and The Purple Teardrop campaign.

Paul Tucker, Campaigns and Communications Manager at BCHA, said, “We are extremely grateful to Safer Poole Partnership for putting on this event and to the members of the public who so generously donated. The response was overwhelming and the presents will be hugely appreciated by the children in our Women’s Refuge in Poole.  Christmas can be an incredibly difficult time for women and children but through people’s generosity, we can help provide some joy through small gifts and support them through the festive period in the knowledge that this year they are safe and not living with fear, intimidation and violence.”

Rhianon Greenslade from Safer Poole Partnership, added, “We had such a wonderful reception from the shoppers in Poole Saturday. We are so grateful for everyone’s donations, and for everyone who visited the shop which in turn raised awareness of domestic abuse and helped us reach out to hundreds of people. A massive thank you goes to the local businesses and organisations who gave their time and resources for free to make this event a huge success. We will definitely be back next year!”

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