Women’s Aid appeal for cash

A CHARITY that helps victims of domestic abuse is facing a financial crisis and is appealing to the public for help.

Glossop-based High Peak Women’s Aid has until October to raise £60,000 to continue offering a refuge service.

They were unsuccessful in a bid for the funding and another organisation won the tender to take over this service and other services they previously provided.

However, the charity wants to maintain its building and continue to offer a refuge service, and meet the needs of younger women.

Services manager Pam Whittle said that the funding body assessing their tender application had awarded the highest points for quality of work but as a much smaller provider could not match contenders on cost.

Now, Pam is calling on High Peak residents to save the charity by staging a fundraising event, sponsoring a room in the refuge or making a donation.

Funds raised will be used to run the refuge and offer a range of domestic abuse services.

Anthony McKeown, executive councillor for community services, said: “High Peak Women’s Aid has been providing a vital service for 30 years, in recognition of which the council has always been prepared to offer it accommodation at a very low rent.

“However, other financial pressures mean that the refuge is now at risk. That’s why I’m urging High Peak residents to dig deep, even though money is short.”

The refuge offers a safe haven for up to 26 women and 35 children each year, and is always full to capacity, while their outreach service helped 220 women and their children across the High Peak last year.

lTo support High Peak Women’s Aid, call Pam on 01457 856675 or visit www.highpeakwomensaid.org.uk, which offers easy-to-follow links for people willing to make a pledge.