Staff at Bassetlaw District Council have filled shoeboxes
with gifts for women and their families who are victims of domestic
violence that have to leave their homes during the festive
In the run up to Christmas, while most families are enjoying the
season’s festivities, many women will flee a domestic violence
relationship, unable to face further violence towards them and
sometimes their children.
Women and children who leave behind their lives often leave with
nothing more than what they stand up in. They will be supported
with emotional and practical assistance to start rebuilding their
lives by Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid.
Staff were simply asked to wrap a shoebox and fill it with
presents, marking whether they’re suitable for children or
Nicki said: “We weren’t asking for money - only a few items
together in a shoe box which were as good as new or new.
“It really seemed to capture people’s imagination. We were
aiming to fill 40 boxes but we’ve been quite overwhelmed with how
generous people have been. As well as filling the shoeboxes, staff
and Councillors have also donated additional toys, books and
“We hope they provide small comfort for people and show that
Christmas can still be a joyful time, no matter how difficult
personal circumstances may be.”
The boxes were handed to Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid on Monday
19th December at 11am by the Chairman, of the Council, Councillor
David Challinor for distribution to the families for Christmas.
Mandy Green Head of Services at Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid said
“Christmas is a time where most families come together to share
gifts and have fun. It is a particularly difficult time for women,
children and young people fleeing into refuge leaving possessions,
pets, and loved ones behind. The kindness of the staff who have
donated shoeboxes will help towards offering some normality in the
life of women children and young people in refuge over the
Leader, of the Council, Councillor Graham Oxby said:
“He was delighted that the Council staff have supported the
initiative which I hope will bring some comfort to victims of
domestic violence this time of the year”.
Last Updated - 08/02/2012