Santa in Safe Haven

Date: 
9 December, 2011

NEWS RELEASE

 
15 December 2011
 
For immediate release
 
Santa arrives in Women’s Aid Safe Haven Garden
Children and young people in Antrim got early Christmas presents this year, when Santa arrived at the Women’s Aid newly finished Safe Haven Garden, at their premises in Fountain Street, Antrim. 
 
Women’s Aid in Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey received funding for their Safe Haven Garden from the Big Lottery’s People’s Millions, after thousands of people voted for their project last year. 
 
The garden will be a dedicated resource for children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse in their home and are being supported by Women’s Aid. 
 
Area Manager of Women’s Aid ABCLN, Rosemary Magill, took great pride in welcoming Santa to the garden. She said:
 
‘Christmas should be a happy time, a time to enjoy being with family in the safety of your own home. Sadly, for too many children living in this area, the home may not be a safe place. We are working very hard to make Christmas a happier one for families who have been subjected to abuse, and would like to thank all those who have contributed to supporting us in doing so’. 
 
Women’s Aid are supported by many organisations and individuals throughout the year, especially at Christmas time who donate gifts or funds to the charity. This enables the charity to provide Christmas presents and hampers to local families. Donations can be made either by calling at Women’s Aid premises or online at http://www.womens-aid.org.uk/donate
 
Anyone experiencing domestic violence can access support by calling the 24hr Domestic Violence Helpline on 0800 917 1414. 
 
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For further information contact Lindsay Harris, Women’s Aid ABCLN or email: lindsay.womensaid@btconnect.com
 
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, in the Ballymena, Antrim, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey areas. 
 
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