Dunclug College donates £1000 to Women’s Aid ABCLN

16 October, 2014


16th October 
For immediate release
Dunclug College donates £1000 to Women’s Aid ABCLN 
Women’s Aid Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne & Newtownabbey (ABCLN) would like to thank staff and pupils from Dunclug College for their generous donation of £1000 towards the Make It Better Appeal. 
Mrs Lee, Learning for Life and Work coordinator explained ‘Year 10 pupils were asked to research a charity of their choice that enhances the local community and present back to the class. After working closely alongside Women’s Aid previously, Dunclug College learnt how much Domestic Violence impacts the lives of so many Women and Children in the local area and therefore wanted to raise awareness on the support Women’s Aid can offer’. 
When asked why they chose Women’s Aid the year 10 girls replied ‘We wanted to raise awareness on Domestic Violence and how Women’s Aid can support Women and Children in the local community’. 
Ruth Owen, Fundraising Co-ordinator with Women’s Aid ABCLN paid tribute by saying, ‘Women’s Aid ABCLN would like to thank Dunclug College for their support and highlighting these important messages to the rest of their fellow pupils and staff.  The support within the community is detrimental to our services which we provide to Women and Children in the local area’. 
The funds donated will help to provide emotional and practical support to children and young people whose education has been affected by domestic violence. Constant change, disruption and violence in a young person’s life can make school a real challenge and diminish their ability to engage. Young people are the hidden victims of domestic violence and are significantly at risk of school dropout, exclusion and risk taking behaviours.
Anyone experiencing domestic violence can also access support by calling the 24hr Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline on 0808 802 1414.
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For further information contact ruth.owen@womensaidabcln.org
Notes to Editor
Women’s Aid is dedicated to providing refuge, support, information and training to women and children who are suffering abuse within the home. 
For more information about our work visit: www.womens-aid.org.uk
Every penny raised supports women and children in your community.
Donations can be made by:
Online: http://www.womens-aid.org.uk/donate
Phone: 028 2563 2136
Women’s Aid ABCLN
Naomi Centre
2 Cullybackey Road
Ballymena BT43 5DF