Calling on Daventry people to help spread a little festive cheer

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Daventry people are being invited to give some Comfort and Joy to victims of domestic violence over the Christmas period.

Daventry District Council and the South Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership are running the Comfort and Joy campaign to help support those who are staying in refuges in the area as a result of experiencing domestic violence.

Its aim is to provide these people with a few gifts and treats, as well as food, toiletries and other essential items. The project also aims to raise awareness of refuges and the range of additional support services that are available.

Ann Bodsworth, joint chief executive of Northamptonshire Women’s Aid, which is helping to distribute the items, said: “To escape domestic abuse, some people have to leave behind their homes and move into a refuge. Moving into an unfamiliar environment, leaving personal possessions behind and having to share accommodation with others can be a very difficult time.

“Life in refuge is not easy - it’s an alien environment, and many do not know how long they will be there for. Many of those who flee domestic violence do so quickly and as a result will have no personal possessions with them at all. Please support this campaign so we can help those who are in need this Christmas.”

Parcels for men, women and children and Christmas food parcels are being put together. Donations can be made at reception in the council offices in Lodge Road, Daventry, up to and including Friday December 18.

All of the items donated will go directly to people living in refuges in Daventry district and the wider Northamptonshire area, as well as to families recently rehomed as a result of domestic abuse.

For a list of suggested donations, visit www.daventrydc.gov.uk/communitysafety