Christmas cheer for women and children at local refuges

JOY: Refuge workers Sarah Bell and Liz Stanton
JOY: Refuge workers Sarah Bell and Liz Stanton
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Kind hearted members of public have rallied round to bring some festive cheer to women and children at South Ribble and Chorley Women’s Refuges.

The Wish Tree appeal aids the refuges, which are owned and managed by Progress Housing Group and provide accommodation for up to 11 families at a time who have had to leave their home to escape domestic abuse.

Each year refuge teams work to ensure that every woman and child who seeks refuge during the festive period receive a Christmas present to help them try and gain an element of normality.

Over the past month, Christmas Wish Trees were placed in the reception of Progress Housing Group’s office in Leyland and Lytham St Annes, South Ribble Council’s Civic Centre, Stonehouse Nursery and Runshaw College in Leyland. Members of the public took gift tags from the trees and donated gifts to play Secret Santa to those in need.

Sarah Bell of South Ribble and Chorley Women’s Refuges, said: “Every year we are amazed at how many people show such a wonderful Christmas spirit with their overwhelming support of our Wish Tree appeal. The donations really do bring so much joy to vulnerable families across South Ribble and Chorley that otherwise wouldn’t have anything to open on Christmas morning. We can’t thank everyone enough for their continued support.”

The gifts received by South Ribble and Chorley Women’s Refuges are also sent to resettlement services, as well as to residents of The Bridge and Parker House in Chorley, two purpose built housing schemes for homeless people aged 16-25.