IronmongeryDirect supports womens refuge

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  Posted by: electime      27th February 2020

A local domestic abuse charity working in South and South West Essex, has received a £1,000 cheque from local merchant and online ironmongery supplier, IronmongeryDirect.

Working across the South Essex and Thurrock, Changing Pathways provides free and confidential support and services to women subjected to domestic abuse and other forms of inter-personal violence.

The money was raised from a staff raffle at IronmongeryDirect, following its donation of food and gifts at Christmas to the charity.

Managing Director, Marco Verdonkschot, presented a cheque to Natasha Jean-Louis, Operations Manager from the charity, at IronmongeryDirect’s trade counter and head office in Basildon. Marco said: “We are a national supplier, but our heart is very much in Essex so it’s important to us that we help local charities wherever we can. 

“Changing Pathways offers so much to the local community, working tirelessly to protect, save and rebuild the lives of women and children in the area who are sadly suffering, so we are pleased this cheque can help make a difference.”

Natasha Jean-Louis at Changing Pathways, said: “As a charity, we rely on donations and we are very grateful to the staff at IronmongeryDirect for making this happen. This donation will make a huge difference to the vulnerable families we help on their pathways to a life without abuse or fear.”

Domestic abuse impacts women and children of all ages in all communities. Changing Pathways has been providing support to women and their children, affected by domestic abuse for over forty years, providing a range of accessible services including refuge, to help those affected, be safer.

If you feel unsafe or suffering from physical, sexual, psychological, emotional and/or financial/economic abuse, or are being threatened, intimidated or stalked by a current or previous partner or close family member, call Changing Pathway’s confidential advice line: 01268 729 707.

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