Women’s Centre Delighted by Gosschalks High Tea Donations

Women’s Centre Delighted by Gosschalks High Tea Donations

Gosschalks, recently hosted a charity High Tea event and encouraged invited guests to bring along donations of unwanted toiletries, children’s toys, clothing and food stuff in support of WINNER: The Preston Road Women’s Centre otherwise known as “The Purple House”.

The centre which provides specialist domestic violence and abuse services, offers support and safe accommodation to women and their children fleeing from an abusive environment and who often arrive with very little personal possessions and are effectively homeless.  Part of the support involves relocating them to safe accommodation and providing essential items such as food and clothing.

Nathalie Stewart, Employment Law and Litigation Associate at Gosschalks, said: “we were overwhelmed by our guests response and delighted to have been able to donate so many quality items for such a worthy cause. The Women’s Centre offers invaluable support for women and children across Hull that need a safe place to learn and stay. We understand funding is tight for organisations such as WINNER so helping them in any way is vital.”

During the event the group heard from Christina Reading, co -founder, volunteer and employee of the charity on how national research suggests cases of domestic abuse tend to rise at times of major sporting events and that they are keen to help spread awareness ahead of the coming summer of sport.

Christina comments ” for those who have abusive tendencies, major sporting events can provoke heated emotional responses, add that to increased alcohol consumption and it can be a toxic mix that can spill over to violence and abusive behaviour in the home.”

The charity is currently based in two pre-fab semi-detached houses that have been knocked together, which have served them well  over the last 15 years, but is now struggling for space to deliver their accredited education courses, volunteer opportunities, specialist sexual health services, Ofsted approved nursery and crèche and outreach support services that help women isolated in their own homes.  An application has been sent to the Big Lottery Fund to secure a grant to aid build a new centre however the charity still need to raise £151,000 to reach their goal.

Ann Clarkson, Centre Co-ordinator from WINNER, Preston Road Women’s Centre, said: “The Women’s Centre Trustees, staff, volunteers and service users would like to express their appreciation to Gosschalks and all the guests who donated and attended the high tea event.  Anything we cannot use or sell in our charity shop we donate to other charities that support homeless people so it all goes to good use. We are so grateful to businesses for their on-going support.”

If you or your business can help by undertaking a sponsored event, donating goods for sale or making a financial donation, large or small, your contribution will go to help more local women, please visit the just giving page and pledge what you can.

 

Pictured L-R: Nicola Robson, Lorraine Hutchinson, Nathalie Stewart, Christina Reading, Claire Hill

Image provided by Hull Daily Mail

For more information on: WINNER: please contact: Ann Clarkson, Centre Co-ordinator, 01482 790310

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