The Love Shack is a little old place where we can get together - to help others

Boston Women's Aid project workers Lesley Weal and Sarah Smith, with Loveshack volunteers Anne Cullen, Amanda Budge, Susan Akrill, Karen Ward and Vera Maltez.
Boston Women's Aid project workers Lesley Weal and Sarah Smith, with Loveshack volunteers Anne Cullen, Amanda Budge, Susan Akrill, Karen Ward and Vera Maltez.

A Boston charity which offers a refuge from domestic abuse for women and children has been given a boost – from another charity in the town.

Love Shack, which has opened a shop in South Street, has donated £300 and a bag of toys to Boston Women’s Aid (BWA).

Boston Women's Aid project workers Lesley Weal and Sarah Smith, with Loveshack volunteers Anne Cullen, Amanda Budge, Susan Akrill, Karen Ward and Vera Maltez.

Boston Women's Aid project workers Lesley Weal and Sarah Smith, with Loveshack volunteers Anne Cullen, Amanda Budge, Susan Akrill, Karen Ward and Vera Maltez.

Standing for ‘love for sick, homeless and abandoned kids’, Love Shack was founded in 2004 and supports orphans in Kenya, offering vital healthcare and education.

The shop opened last month with half the money raised going to Kenya, and the other half being donated to local causes chosen by the shop’s customers.

“I have such admiration and respect for the work of BWA and what better time of year to be able to give our support,” said Love Shack founder and volunteer Karen Ward.

“Our gift will help to buy a new oven for the centre and Christmas presents for the children supported by the service.”

As well as a safe place to stay, BWA offers practical and emotional support, legal, financial and housing advice. It provides their children with sensitive and individually tailored psychological support.

BWA manager Lynn Mitchell said: “Such care and compassion at this vulnerable time in a child’s life can have a tremendously positive long term impact.”

Karen said Love Shack was not expecting sales to be good enough to enable them to donate to a local charity until January, but added: “Thanks to the generous donations dropped into the shop and the support of our customers and volunteers, we were already in a position to make a contribution to a very deserving group of local children.”

Love Shack founder Karen Ward has been inspired to help others from a young age. From stories in The Standard in the 1960s featuring her volunteering for Oxfam shop as a youngster, to her current charity venture, helping children has always been a passion. She even spent 10 years living in the Nairobi slums with 20 orphans to better understand their situation.

The charity was established in 2004 to assist disadvantaged children with education. 
The impact of this support is now coming to fruition with last month seeing a number of students sponsored by Love Shack graduating from university. Back in Boston, Karen works on a voluntary basis, taking no wage for herself to ensure all the money reaches the children.

If you would like to volunteer or donate to Love Shack call 07534 821230.