Party’s gift campaign looks to stop violence against women

CAMPAIGN WITH KINDNESS [Left to Right] Women’s Equality Party members Anna Wharton, Marion Sales, Anna Robertshaw, Matt Richards, Ros Harrison.

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

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