Community effort to help victims of domestic abuse

MUCH-needed equipment worth hundreds of pounds have been donated to a Boston charity providing support for victims of domestic violence.

Duvets, pillows, bedding and even a double bed have been given to Boston Women’s Aid to help refurbish its two safe houses.

As part of its work to protect victims of domestic violence, the charity provides refuge for up to eight women and their children.

Manager Lynn Mitchell said: “This donation means we are able to replace all the bedding at both the safe houses so we can try to make the families’ stay with us as comfortable as possible.”

The idea for the donation came from one of the town’s newest police community support officers, Pcso Nicola Craig, as part of her community engagement role.

“Since starting the job at the beginning of the year I have become more aware of domestic violence,” she said, adding she may have been ‘a bit naive’ about it before.

Pcso Craig and her inspector approached Boston Borough Council, which was able to release £720 in community safety funds. Wilkinson, in Pescod Square, contributed a further £50, offered a discount on the goods bought and also donated a double bed for the cause.

Liz Jakins, assistant manager, said: “One thing our company is very passionate about is supporting our local community.”

Boston Women’s Aid runs a weekday drop-in service at 2 Pump Square, Boston, from noon-2pm. It also has a helpline, for men as well as women, at 01205 311 272. Mrs Mitchell’s advice, though, is in an emergency call the police.

“You do not have to live with domestic abuse,” she said.

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