Help domestic abuse charity with donations

BWA manager Lynn Mitchell with Coun Bob McAuley
BWA manager Lynn Mitchell with Coun Bob McAuley

Boston borough and county councillor Bob McAuley visited BWA at its Pump Square offices last week to donate £500.

The Standard went along to hear how the money will help the charity Bob freely admits he wasn’t aware existed until recently.

Domestic abuse. Image for illustration only.

Domestic abuse. Image for illustration only.

“In all the years I have lived here, I didn’t even realise this facility was in Boston,” he said.

“They do such a fantastic job with very little help. I would really like to encourage other councillors to look at how they can support them too.”

Bob made the donation out of his county council Big Society Fund.

Listening to Lynn explain the work they do and the difficulties victims face, he added: “It’s a vast 
subject and one we rarely talk about.”

The money will be used to replace some carpets in the two refuge houses.

“With four families in each home and children running around, the carpets do get worn out quite quickly and they really need replacing so this money will really help,” said Lynn.

“The funding we do get literally doesn’t cover the running costs. We obviously rent the two safe houses and this costs money.”

Lynn said dealing with members of the migrant community also brings its own challenges - with the charity not able to afford translation services.

“We want people to be aware we are here, and we really do appreciate any donations to help those who have often had to leave their homes with just the clothes they stand up in.”

The charity welcomes donations of money, quality second-hand clothes and bedding, dry and tinned food, toiletries, cosmetics and children’s toys.

However, Lynn said the charity is sometimes left bags of clothes that are in a very poor or ‘soiled’ condition - including underwear.

“We must stress that the clothes have to be good quality and clean,” she added. “The women have already been through so much - so having decent clothes to wear does make a difference to how they feel.”

Donations can be dropped off at the Pump Square offices 9.30am-4.30pm week days.

l For details call 
01205 311272.