Party’s gift campaign looks to stop violence against women
by William Mata | 3rd December 2018
SHOPPERS are being encouraged to buy a Christmas present for a woman or child inside a refuge this Christmas.
The Women’s Equality Party in Tunbridge Wells [WEP-TW] is holding the Santa Stops appeal as part of their 16 Days of Action campaign.
Through this, the political party wants to draw attention to domestic violence – which affects two million women in the UK.
Anna Wharton, the co-founder of WEP-TW, has set-up 13 Santa Stops around town – a collection point for unwrapped presents.
She said: “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.”
As part of the 16 Days of Action, which runs November 25 to December 10, they will also be publicising gender-based violence.
Santa Stops is a key part of this. 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.
Party members will be outside Royal Victoria Place on the afternoon of Saturday, December 15, to promote the campaign.
Volunteers will wrap and deliver gifts in time for Christmas Day and all donations must be presented at any of the following points until December 20:
Fine Grind, 90-92 High Street
Mailbox Etc, 2 Mount Sion
Bod and Ted, 70 High Street
Mereworth Motors, 7 Mereworth Road
Sweaty Betty, 39 High Street
Macman, 6 Goods Station Road
Morgan Hodges Hair Salon, 52 The Pantiles
Juliet's, 54 High Street
The Royal Wells Hotel, 59 Mount Ephraim
The Common Rooms (between 12pm-5pm only), 45 Mount Ephraim
Belvoir Letting Agents, 15-17 Vale Road
Wood and Pilcher, 124 London Road, Southborough
Beechwood Sacred Heart School, 12 Pembury Road