01 July 2008
Members of Caerphilly's domestic abuse Survivors Group recently held a fantastic fundraising event to benefit people affected by breast cancer.
The group, based at the Safer Caerphilly MAC (Multi Agency Centre) – the "one-stop-shop" for victims of domestic abuse and their families, organised the event as part of Breast Cancer Care's summer Strawberry Tea fundraising campaign, to raise money for those affected by breast cancer.
The Strawberry Tea event, which took place on Friday 20th June, saw the Survivors Group and partner agencies involved in a wide variety of activities, which included the production and sale of "pink" food, teas and raffles.
Special thanks must go to Pugh's Garden Centre, who along with many other local businesses so generously donated raffles prizes for such a commendable cause.
The money raised, a fantastic £303.10, will go directly to helping ensure that Breast Cancer Care can continue to provide free and confidential support to people across the country who are affected by breast cancer.
Caerphilly county borough's Mayor, Cllr Anne Collins also attended the event, keen to lend her support to such a worthy cause.
Domestic Abuse Co-ordinator, Lynne Bosanko-Williams said, "The group decided that they would like to organise a fundraising event, where the proceeds would go to provide help and support to those affected by breast cancer.
The women who comprise our Survivors Group have themselves received help and support in the past, having come from abusive relationship, so they were extremely eager to do something positive to help and support others. We hope that our Strawberry Tea event went some way to doing just that."
The Safer Caerphilly MAC, opened in February 2007 as a result of £110,000 of funding from the National Assembly for Wales, is a one-stop-shop for victims of domestic abuse and their families.
The MAC agency's primary aims are to significantly reduce the number of people that victims of domestic abuse need to approach in order to get the help they need, and also to increase the swiftness of response and the safety of the victims and their children.
Elsewhere, the Safer Caerphilly Community Safety Partnership held a similar event recently, and raised over £100 for Breast Cancer Care, through holding a raffle, quiz and a buffet lunch.
If you know anyone affected by domestic abuse, please contact the Safer Caerphilly MAC (Monday-Friday, 10:00am - 4:00pm) on 01443 819317.
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