Handbags of Hope

27 October, 2017

 ‘’Handbags of Hope’’

Handbag Swap! 
On Friday, 3rd November 2017 Women’s Aid Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey (ABCLN) will host a fun evening which includes a handbag swap, presentation by Image Consultant and a light supper.
Lorna Dougherty, Fundraising Coordinator, commented’’ we are hoping that women from all walks of life will support this fundraising event for women, children and young people affected by domestic violence.
The Handbags of Hope event commences at 7.30pm on Friday 3rd November at the Ballymena Methodist Church Hall, Old Ballymena Road BT42 1AG. Many women have at least one handbag that they have they no longer want or use…. so this evening is a chance to swap this bag for another! 
Lorna Dougherty added ‘‘we’re hoping that women will come and join us, enjoy the fun, swap your handbag while supporting Women’s Aid ABCLN to continue to provide services to vulnerable women in our community -we hope that you can join us‘’
Tickets cost £10; to book a ticket for the event call 028 2563 2136 or drop in at the Naomi Centre,2 Cullybackey Road Ballymena, or see our Facebook Page-Women’s Aid-ABCLN.  Tickets are also available at the door from 7pm on 3rd November at Ballymena Methodist Church Hall.
Notes for editors
The need for increased awareness about domestic violence is continuous as seen in the staggering domestic violence statistics published by PSNI 2016/17. During this year 29,166 domestic abuse incidents were recorded throughout NI, representing an overall increase of 2.7 per cent on the previous year and the highest level recorded since the data collection began in 2004/05. 
Domestic violence can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, religion or sexual orientation.  Events like the Handbags of Hope give a great opportunity for local people to support those in great need who are living with the impact of domestic violence and ensure that  services continue to be available for those in need.’’
For media enquiries please e-mail lorna.doherty@womensaidabcln.org or 
Call: 078 5000 3280
Support can be accessed by calling The Naomi Centre on 02825 632136 or the 24hr Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline on 0808 802 1414 (Open to all women and men affected by domestic and sexual violence). Alternatively read about our services by visiting www.womens-aid.org.uk
Donations can be made by: 
Online: http://www.womens-aid.org.uk/donate
Post: Phone:
Women’s Aid ABCLN
Naomi Centre
2 Cullybackey Road
Ballymena BT43 5DF T 028 2563 2136  
Women’s Aid Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne & Newtownabbey is a registered charity NIC105905.
Company limited by guarantee No. NI 054434