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Christmas Appeal - Community stands up against domestic violence

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: December 26, 2013

By Sarah Marshall

  • OVERWHELMED...Dickie Chester-James, chief executive of Staffordshire Women's Aid.

  • SO MUCH...Bags of donations.

  • HELPING HAND...Terri Haywood, from the Clothes Exchange with Dickie Chester-James, from Staffordshire Women's Aid.

  • AMAZING...Dickie Chester-James, chief executive of Staffordshire Women's Aid, with the donations.

  • CHARITY HELP...Terri Haywood, from the Clothes Exchange in Stafford, helps to deliver the donations to Women's Aid.

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KIND-HEARTED Newsletter readers have come up trumps yet again to provide a Merry Christmas for survivors of domestic abuse - by showering the charity in donations.

The Newsletter offices were bursting at the seams as readers responded to our 2013 Christmas appeal for Staffordshire Women's Aid.

There were bags of items including toiletries, underwear, pyjamas, baby items including nappies, vests and babygrows and shopping vouchers, not to mention cheques towards the charity's work to provide refuge help and support for victims of domestic violence and their children.

Dickie Chester-James, chief executive of Staffordshire Women's Aid, said: "As a charity we are really overwhelmed by the enormous generosity of the local community this year, who have supported the Newsletter appeal.

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"These donations will really make a difference to our work with women and children and it means a great deal to the women and children themselves.

"We told them that the Newsletter was running this appeal and it helps them to know they have so much community support.

"So many victims believe domestic violence is their fault so when the community stands up and says domestic violence is not OK it supports their path to recovery.

"I would like to say thank you to the Staffordshire Newsletter and all the people of Stafford, Stone and surrounding areas who have been so kind and made it a special Christmas.

"Our refuges are almost full and those coming in often have no possessions with them so all the donations will be vital. We are so grateful."

Terri Haywood, from the Clothes Exchange, often works with Women's Aid and generously provided a helping hand in transporting the donations from the Newsletter office to Women's Aid.

She said: "I think the work that Women's Aid does is so important and I was thrilled to help out."

Stone's Walton Community Centre also acted as a collection point.

There was support too from businesses, including Sandra Sammons who runs Snack in a Box in Tollgate Drive, which provided treat bags filled with chocolates, and Sally Hinckes from Storage Boost offered use of a unit to house the donations.

Anyone who would still like to make a donation to Women's Aid should call the Newsletter on 01785 270511 or Staffordshire Women's Aid on 0870 270 0123.

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