Anti-violence campaign gets festive boost at shopping mall
19th December 2018
A CAMPAIGN to encourage shoppers to buy a Christmas present for a woman or child inside a refuge this Christmas, has received ‘fantastic support’ organisers have said.
The Women’s Equality Party in Tunbridge Wells [WEP-TW] has been holding the Santa Stops appeal as part of their 16 Days of Action campaign.
Anna Wharton, the co-founder of WEP-TW, set-up 13 Santa Stops around town – a collection point for unwrapped presents.
The WEP-TW aim to provide all women and children inside the local refuge with a present. Any leftover gifts will be given to people inside other refuges.
She said hundreds of presents had already been donated and there had been fantastic support from local businesses offering to act as local Santa Stops.
The party is keeping the Santa Stops open until tomorrow [December 20], but the 16 Days of Action campaign, which was being used by the political party to draw attention to domestic violence, ran from November 25 to December 10.
Over two million women in the UK are affected by domestic violence.
“These are not just statistics they are real women: our friends, sisters, mothers, cousins and ourselves. So we are very passionate about looking at how we can change these statistics,” said Anna Wharton.