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Spreading cheer at Christmas
2:40pm Tue Dec 18, 2012
 
Staff and members of Newark and Sherwood District Council have donated around 60 shoeboxes filled with Christmas gifts to help victims of domestic violence and their families.
Mrs Lisa Alam and Mrs Lucy Barker, refuge support and outreach support workers, bottom right, accept gifts from staff at Kelham Hall. 41212MW6-1
Mrs Lisa Alam and Mrs Lucy Barker, refuge support and outreach support workers, bottom right, accept gifts from staff at Kelham Hall. 41212MW6-1
The council’s shoebox appeal, held during the White Ribbon campaign, an international campaign against violence towards women, will ensure those who use the Newark refuge have something to open on Christmas Day.

A similar appeal was held for the first time last year so the council’s community safety team, led by domestic violence co-ordinator Nicki Richards, again asked staff and councillors to help.

Nicki Richards said: “It’s a real pleasure for us to be able to give the refuge such a great selection of presents that can bring a little bit of joy at what must be a difficult and traumatic time for families.”

The boxes were handed to Newark Women’s Aid on Friday by Nicki Richards and the council’s cabinet member for community safety, Mr Tony Roberts.

The manager of Newark Women’s Aid refuge, Marlene Ferris, said Christmas was an emotional time especially for vulnerable women and children.

She said: “We do our utmost to ensure Christmas is a special and memorable time for our residents in refuge.

“For many it will be the happiest Christmas they have spent for many years as they are supported, safe and away from their violent partner. They won’t have to suffer the violence, rows and abuse.”

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