Generous donations made to Daventry festive parcel scheme for people escaping domestic violence

From left, community projects officer with the Daventry District and South Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership Lindsay Checkley, Police Community Support Officer Charlotte Whitehead, Michelle Barrett of Northamptonshire Police, and police sector co-ordinator for South Northamptonshire and Daventry, Katrina Heath.
From left, community projects officer with the Daventry District and South Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership Lindsay Checkley, Police Community Support Officer Charlotte Whitehead, Michelle Barrett of Northamptonshire Police, and police sector co-ordinator for South Northamptonshire and Daventry, Katrina Heath.

The organisers of a festive parcel scheme to help people staying in refuges this Christmas 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 those who are in refuges as a result of experiencing domestic violence.

The aim was provide them with a few 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 have been wrapped up to give to men, women and children. Dozens of bags of nearly new children and women’s clothes were also received and will be handed out too.

All of the items donated will go directly to local 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.

Domestic abuse charity Women’s Aid, which runs a number of refuges across Northamptonshire, will be helping to distribute the parcels and other items.

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 will make a huge difference.”

Do you need to speak to someone about domestic violence? Call the 24-hour Women’s Aid helpline on 0845 123 2311 or visit www.northamptonwomensaid.org.uk