Cheer spread to people in local refuges

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Organisers of a festive parcel scheme to help people staying in refuges have thanked everyone who donated to the cause.

The Comfort and Joy campaign was run by Daventry District and South Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership in a bid to help people in refuges as a result of experiencing domestic violence.

The aim was to provide them with gifts and treats, as well as food, toiletries and other essential items.

And warm-hearted Daventry residents did not disappoint – donating enough items to make up 24 parcels and more than 100 Christmas 
gifts that were wrapped and given to men, women and children.

Dozens of bags of nearly new children and women’s clothes were also received and were handed out too.

Ann Bodsworth, joint chief executive of Northamptonshire Women’s Aid, said: “Thank you to everyone who has supported this campaign.

“Many people escaping domestic abuse have to flee their homes very quickly and often leave with no personal possessions - so your donations have made a huge difference.”

All of the items donated went directly to local people living in refuges in Daventry District and the wider Northamptonshire area this Christmas, as well as to families recently rehomed as a result of domestic abuse.

Domestic abuse charity Women’s Aid, which runs a number of refuges across Northamptonshire, helped to distribute the parcels over Christmas.