Toys wanted for children of women using refuge

Olivia Dunn, who is collecting presents.

A Newton-le-Willows woman is collecting toys for the children of women using a local refuge.

Olivia Dunn, 33, says she was inspired to act after a close friend had to access the service.

“Supporting her through that progress allowed me to see how challenging it was and the amount of support that was needed to cope with such a challenging time,” she said.

Olivia said she asked what the women most wanted or needed and they said they wanted small gifts or treats to be able to wrap up for their children to open at Christmas.

“I have got together some lovely little things so far but would really love to be able to give a few more gifts.

“The local refuge would love us to be able to help with some Christmas treats, chocolates, selection boxes, toys or gifts.

“For many women and children fleeing domestic violence, the idea of not being home for Christmas can be upsetting and many have had to leave with very few belongings. These are families in our community that are in really complex and difficult situations and that we can help in some small way to bring some joy on Christmas Day.”

“I am determined that the children will all have something to open this Christmas and would like to ask if any of the local community or businesses would consider donating anything, however small.”

Anyone who thinks they can help, or who wishes to make a donation, can drop items off at Ceramic Inspirations, The Pottery, Leyburn Business Park, Harmby Road, Leyburn, DL8 5QA.

Donations can be accepted until midday on December 20.