Councillors dig deep for Women’s Aid

A charity supporting victims of domestic abuse in Glossop and the High Peak has received a £1,000 from Glossopdale’s three County Councillors.

The money provided by Councillors Damien Greenhalgh, Ellie Wilcox and Dave Wilcox from their community leadership funds is to help with the charity move to more suitable accommodation.

Glossop-based High Peak Women’s Aid which provides counselling, support and accommodation to children and adults who have suffered from domestic violence and controlling behaviour in their relationships, has welcomed the generous donation.

The cheque was presented at the charity’s Annual General Meeting held in Bradbury Community House where supporters heard about the roller-coaster year for the support organisation. From the financial crisis after losing their service’s tender to the way the community rallied around raising £100,000 in a short few months.

Glossopdale County Councillors Dave Wilcox, Ellie Wilcox and Damien Greenhalgh hand over their cheque to Chair of HPWA, Linda Rundle and Service Manager, Pam Whittle.

Glossopdale County Councillors Dave Wilcox, Ellie Wilcox and Damien Greenhalgh hand over their cheque to Chair of HPWA, Linda Rundle and Service Manager, Pam Whittle.

Cllr Greenhalgh said: “High Peak Women’s Aid has been providing a vital service for 30 years, a service which our community and we value highly”

He added: “We’re extremely pleased to be able to help towards their costs of relocating to more suitable accommodation with rooms for the volunteer counsellors, group work and office space.

Pam Whittle, Services Manager for High Peak Women’s Aid said: “High Peak Women’s Aid is delighted to accept the generous support from Damien, Ellie and Dave”

“The money will help us relocate and which will make a huge difference to way we are able to deliver our vital services for women, men and children experiencing domestic and help us produce positive outcomes for them.”

Pam went on to add “It has been an extremely challenging but successful year, as we have continued to keep our services open and have developed new areas of work. The community and councillors have really supported us. However the next 12 months will be even more challenging as we now have to raise much more money to keep our Harmony Project going at a time when two other funding streams come to an end. We welcome all donations, no matter how small”.

To 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.

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