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Gifts for a women's refuge this Christmas

23 Dec 2016 14:47 PM

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Police helped the Greggs Foundation donate 30 shoeboxes of gifts for North Tyneside Harbour Unit Domestic Abuse Support Service for Christmas.

When Greggs Foundation's Regional Charity & Social Co-ordinator, Karen Southwick was looking to help a good cause this Christmas she contacted local Wallsend Neighbourhood officer, PC Fred Hurst.

He suggested the Harbour Unit, a women's refuge, which provides accommodation for women and children fleeing domestic abuse. Many of these victims of domestic abuse leave their homes with literally just the clothes on their back. They need toiletries to get them started when they go into emergency accommodation.

Karen rallied support via an appeal for contributions throughout Greggs retail stores, supply sites at Gosforth Park and Balliol and also staff at Greggs House for staff to donate a shoe box filled with much needed toiletries. Following this appeal donations have been presented to North Tyneside's Harbour Women’s Refuge, as well as The Peoples Kitchen in Newcastle, and Pact House in Co. Durham.

Karen handed the shoe boxes over to Harbour Services Manager, Angela Bell, at Wallsend Police Station yesterday (Thursday, December 22). Angela is now distributing the gifts to the women they help.

Karen Southwick said: "The staff at Harbour were overwhelmed at the exchange of the gifts and said they would be greatly appreciated by the women within their refuge."

PC Fred Hurst said: "We were pleased to get Greggs Foundation to link in with the Harbour Unit and be able to give them some really useful gifts for women who have suffered domestic abuse and are now getting the help they need."

Pictured; Angela Bell, Harbour Services Manager, Ch Insp Aidan Sloan, Karen Southwick and Maxine Phillips from Greggs Foundation and PC Fred Hurst, Ch Insp Julian Bowran and Greggs Foundation Mascot “HOPE”