Christmas Book Treat for Families Affected by Domestic Violence

Staff at local accountants firm Whittingham Riddell donated their own money to provide Christmas books for children affect by domestic violence.  The connection with Victim Support came through a volunteer who also works at the accountants.  She suggested children affected by domestic abuse could benefit.   Whittingham Riddell’s collection was followed by staff book wrapping was accompanied by mince pies and carols.

Francesca Hutcheson from Whittingham Riddell organises the whole activity and delivered the gift wrapped presents to Victim Support’s offices.  The carefully chosen children’s books will be distributed by Victim Support to refuges throughout Shropshire and Telford.

Whilst everyone is celebrating, many do not realise that December is the worse time for incidents of domestic violence.  All forms of domestic abuse affect children.   Jean Garner, Victim Support’s Shropshire Manager says:
“Our volunteer knows only too well about the reality of domestic abuse. It is fantastic that she has been able to make this connection and families will benefit from the generosity of Whittingham Riddell’s staff.  This really shows the Christmas spirit is alive and well”.

Victim Support in Shropshire provides practical support such as personal alarms, information and advice and emotional support.  Volunteers are in the majority and can visit at home, our offices or an outreach centre.


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