After spotting an appeal by YMCA Bedfordshire asking for help giving the 22 women and their children housed in two women’s refuges a Christmas that would signal a fresh new start, the trainee solicitors at Woodfines Solicitors jumped into action and started a gift drive amongst the lawyers and staff at its four offices.
Paul Hunt, YMCA Bedfordshire’s CEO, said: "We started managing the refuges in September this year and were desperate to provide these women, most of whom leave home with nothing but what they can carry, a Christmas that they will enjoy and look back on with fond memories in the years to come."
From April 2015 to March 2016 in Central Bedfordshire alone, 3,200 domestic abuse incidents were reported to Bedfordshire Police, 50% of which reported children living at the home address at the time. During that year, 128 women accessed Central Bedfordshire's Women's Refuge services with most staying for an average of 12 months.
"We are delighted to be supporting YMCA Bedfordshire’s Women’s Refuge Christmas campaign" said Neil Gibbs, Partner at Woodfines Solicitors, "We hope that in some way the gifts received from our generous team members will help to make Christmas a little brighter for each of them"
The trainees delivered presents for all of those staying at the refuges this Christmas, along with Christmas trees and decorations to help bring festive cheer to the spaces.