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Police Make Olympic Donation To Women's Refuge

West Dorset Women's Refuge donation

9:04am 29th October 2012

Women and children seeking refuge from domestic abuse will find it a little easier this winter, thanks to Dorset Police. 

A lorry-load of bedding and towels purchased for the Olympics was donated to West Dorset Women's Refuge by the police and local storage company Compass Point Estates.

Dorset Police Chief Superintendent David Griffith said to WESSEX FM: "We are very pleased to have been able to support the refuge and pass on part of the legacy of the Olympic Games to such a worthy cause. We would like to reiterate to anyone who feels there is no hope that these places exist and you are not alone. There are people who will help."

Jo Keane, Project Worker from West Dorset Women's Refuge, said: "To say that they turned up with a lorry-load of duvets for us was an understatement. We had a pile as high as you can imagine. To be quite frank, it is just the most amazing donation.

"Often our ladies will turn up with nothing, just a handbag and perhaps a couple of children and a few toys. They think about the important things like toys for the little ones and it's everything else that you can carry, so you might have a couple of day’s worth of clothing. You don't necessarily think towels and duvets and pillows. It makes such a difference, it keeps everyone warm and snuggly at night. It means the world to us."

You can call the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 for support and advice 24 hours a day seven days a week.

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