Nick Martin, Swindon’s mayor, has been recycling raffle prizes in aid of children living at the women’s refuge in the town.
Swindon Women’s Aid is one of three charities Nick is supporting during his year in office and having been told about the support being given to women and children who turn to refuge for emergency accommodation, he decided he would collect teddies at fundraising events he attends around the town.
Nick said: "When I met up with the workers at the refuge shortly before I became Mayor, they explained how women with children sometimes have to leave their homes without any of their belongings because the domestic violence they are experiencing has become intolerable, or the threat of it means they have to quickly get away from violent husbands or partners.
Nick, with women’s aid children and family worker Caroline Smith and adminstrator Abby Ayre
"It’s particularly hard for the children because they turn up without any of their toys or the things that give them comfort in a very difficult situation. The refuge have welcome bags for the children with small items to help them cope with the stress of suddenly having to leave home.
"As Mayor I’ve been invited to a huge number of fundraising events and I always buy several strips of raffle ticket. If I’m lucky enough to win I always choose teddies, or small items that could be used in a child’s goody bag."
Find details of Swindon Women’s Aid refuge accommodation and the Swindon Domestic Violence Outreach Service at www.swindonwomensaid.org
Or call 01793 610610