Wish Tree Appeal is once again a huge success
Published by lpriest for Progress Housing Group in Housing and also in Care and Support, Central Government, Communities
Sarah Bell and Marie Wilkinson Child Support Workers at Clare House women’s refuge in South Ribble, collecting some of the presents left by kind hearted residents and staff at Sumner House in Leyland.
Thanks to the generosity of the local community and businesses, South Ribble Women’s Refuge, Wish Tree Appeal, has been a great success for the 12th year running.
Clare House is owned and managed by Progress Care Housing Association and provides accommodation for up to eight families at a time who have had to leave their home to escape domestic violence.
The team at Clare House work tirelessly each year to ensure that every woman and child who seeks refuge at the centre during the busy festive period receives a Christmas present to help them try and gain an element of normality.
Over the past month, Christmas Wish Trees were placed in the reception of Progress Housing Group’s office in Leyland and Lytham St Annes, South Ribble’s Borough Council’s Civic Centre, Stonehouse Nursery and Runshaw College in Leyland. Kind hearted members of the public took gift tags from the trees and donated gifts to play Secret Santa to those in need.
Sarah Bell, Child Support Worker at South Ribble women’s refuge, said: “Each year the people show such wonderful Christmas spirit with their overwhelming support of our Wish Tree appeal. There are so many vulnerable families in the area and over the last 12 years they have made Christmas happen for hundreds of families. Thank you for all your support.”
The gifts received by Clare House are also sent to the refuge’s resettlement services, as well as homeless and vulnerable families across South Ribble.
If you, or someone you know, is experiencing domestic abuse you can call the 24 hour South Ribble domestic abuse helpline in confidence on 01772 435865 or email email@example.com lines will be open throughout the festive period.