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Two teenagers are accepting donations to Justify, on Cartergate, to support Newark Women’s Aid this festive season

Two youngsters are accepting donations to a town centre shop, to support Newark Women’s Aid this festive season.

Cousins Martella Charlotte and Shivani Steele, 14, decided to help the charity after watching a documentary about the Ukraine war and all the children who became orphans.

Martella’s mother, Seline Charlotte, owns the shop Justify on Cartergate, Newark and has opened the top floor of her shop for people to collect what they need.

Teenagers L-R Martella Charlotte and Shivani Steele
Teenagers L-R Martella Charlotte and Shivani Steele

“It was awful to see those people who have nothing so we decided on a charity to help people because, in our own country, people are struggling to survive too,” said Martella.

She added: “Especially with the price rises in food, gas and electricity. My mum also knows people who have had to flee from domestic violence and leave everything behind.”

They are accepting donations of clothes, including school uniforms, toiletries, toys and food.

People who wish to donate the items can pop into the shop and drop them there or ring the shop’s number.

Newark Women's Aid is an independent charity which provides specialist services to support women with or without children who have experienced physical, sexual, emotional, psychological or economic abuse from a partner, ex-partner or family member.

“I think it is wonderful what they are doing, to see two teenagers thinking of others rather than just themselves really shows the Christmas and community spirit,” said Seline.

People supported by the charity can go into the shop’s top floor and treat themselves to a free of charge, Christmas present for themselves and their little ones.

“All we want is everyone to be happy and warm this Christmas,” the two youngsters said.

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