Gifts for battered women sought

Some of the items collected
Some of the items collected

WOMEN who arrive battered and bruised at refuges this Christmas will be greeted with essential toiletries to boost their morale.

Project Shoebox is collecting items to help women who are victims of domestic abuse and forced to flee their homes with only the clothes they are wearing.

Sarah King, Anne Henley and Vicky Johnson working on last year's Project Shoebox

Sarah King, Anne Henley and Vicky Johnson working on last year's Project Shoebox

Sarah King, Anne Henley, Vicky Johnson and Lee Spicer-Howard are organising the community project following a successful launch last year.

Vicky explained: “This is an attempt to help the women who will arrive at women’s refuges this Christmas.

“Many will arrive bruised, battered and with nothing more than the clothes they are standing in, usually in an area far away from what was their home.

“Together, we will collect unwanted toiletries and make them into a gift to get these women started and remind them that people can and do care. Let’s make a difference this Christmas.”

Last year, the group was able to assemble 114 shoeboxes for the women’s refuge in Worthing.

Items required include toothbrushes, shower gel, flannels, deodorants, hair products, moisturisers, perfumes, body creams, cotton wool and hairspray.

Collection points include The Sidney Walter Centre, in Sussex Road, Worthing, and The Mad Hatter’s Tea Parlour, in Goring Road, West Worthing.

There are also additional collection and drop-off points in Sompting, Lancing, Findon, Littlehampton and Durrington. Visit the Project Shoebox 2015 Facebook page for more information.

Vicky said: “Please look in your cupboards to see if you have new/almost new products you don’t need any more and would be happy to donate.

“Even chocolates could give these ladies a boost at such a difficult time.”

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