A new donation point has been set up in Sainsbury’s Stratton store in order to provide support for Swindon Women’s Aid.
The charity is dedicated to providing help, including temporary accommodation, to victims of domestic violence and needs a constant supply of vital materials in order to continue.
Office Manager Abby Ayre explains: “Women sometimes arrive at our refuge having made a harrowing escape from a traumatic home life and, consequently, have nothing more than the clothes they are wearing. Also, many have babies or small children with them, thus heightening the desperate need for help.”
“Washing and bathing materials, sanitary wear, nappies, clothing, toothbrushes and toothpaste are all vital and most welcome. Baby food, providing it is long life, is also crucial.”
Store Manager at Stratton, Val Atwill, is thrilled to get the project underway. “We did something similar a couple of Christmases ago and the response from customers and colleagues then was tremendous. That encourages us to enter into a longer term project with SWA in order to support the excellent work they do.”
The donation point is now up and running and staff and customers alike are welcome to give as much or as little as they can with the confidence that every single item will be gratefully received and put to immediate good use. Meanwhile the store will continue to support the cause with corporate donations of goods from time to time, while exploring further ways of providing support.