A Small but Meaningful Christmas Contribution
Burton Manor Sports and Social Club members collected gifts this year to donate to the women and children spending Christmas in the Women’s Refuge. The refuge is provided for women and children suffering domestic violence, and women sometimes arrive at the refuge with just the clothes they are wearing.
The refuge provides vital support at a critical time in people’s lives. There is one shared house in Stafford that can accommodate 8 mums and 11 children, and there are 11 self-contained flats at Cheadle which take one family each. Clothes, nightwear, toiletries and food are provided and the refuge depends on these items being donated.
They might be non-essential items, but small Christmas gifts do make a difference and the women who run the refuge were delighted with the contribution made by the club. They were handed over by Social Committee members Roy Fudger and Audrey Bright to Councillor Trish Rowlands who accepted them on behalf of the refuge. Councillor Rowlands is on the Council Steering Group for funding for additional refuges.
Burton Manorís Christmas Contribution
Photo, from left – Nick Fudger (club member), Councillor Trish Rowlands (Vice-chair of the Steering group for a new Stafford refuge), Tammy Dodd (Women’s Aid representative), Roy Fudger and Audrey Bright (Social committee members).
Members of the Burton Manor Sports Association donated children’s presents this year in aid of Staffordshire Women's Aid, a charity that offers help to families who have suffered domestic violence and have refuges in different parts of Staffordshire.
Audrey Bright, a member of the Social committee at the club, said: "We thought it would be a good idea to get members to donate a gift for a boy or girl. It’s a simple idea, but it does make a difference to those experiencing difficulties."
At present the charity has room for 8 families in Stafford and 11 families in Cheadle. All are full at the moment. The age range of the children within these families are from pregnancy to approximately 15 years old and the length of stay could be anything from 1 night to 12 months. They also offer support to families who are able to stay in their own homes through their outreach service.
"This is so appreciated. We are always grateful for any support we can get" said Tammy Dodd, Women’s Aid representative.