A domestic abuse charity has launched a fundraising campaign across social media to offer help to women who are forced to swiftly flee an abusive relationship with none of their personal possessions. Solace Women’s Aid has launched the digital fundraising campaign Women with Nothing on Youtube and across Twitter using the hashtag #WomenWithNothing.
Some women won’t be able to enjoy the Christmas lights. A donation of £10 can help women like Farida live free from abuse. Text ’solace’ to 70191 to give £10 or visit t.co/aTfafMHO0w #WomenWithNothing #christmas #MondayMood pic.twitter.com/MwMji1udbJ‚Äî Solace Women’s Aid (@SolaceWomensAid) December 15, 2019
It is urging people to make a donation of £10, to pay for a box of everyday toiletries to give to women, who arrive at the charity for a refuge place with nothing but the clothes they are wearing as they are forced to leave everything behind. For those wanting to give more, the charity explains how £20 could help play for nappies, toys and other items for children of domestic abuse survivors, while £30 can help fund support groups to tackle victims’ mental health issues following their ordeal.
Payments can be made via the charity’s website as well as by texting ’solace’ to 70191. "A donation of £10 this Christmas will give a woman escaping an abusive relationship, often with nothing other than the clothes she is wearing, a box of fundamental everyday items to help her feel protected and supported on the first night of her new life," said the charity. "But anything you can give will help make a difference to survivors and their children beginning a fresh start free from violence and fear.‚Äù To support the campaign the charity has a dedicated fundraising page which includes the story of one women, called Farida who fled an abusive home on Christmas Eve. "When I arrived on Christmas Eve, I was provided with some food and toiletries which made me feel like it may be ok,‚Äù said Farida (whose name has been changed to protect her identity). "I don’t have enough words to thank everyone at the refuge. I no longer feel alone."