Freemasons help domestic abuse charity
FOR the ninth year in a row, Freemasons from Lodges meeting in Swindon, Highworth and Lydiard Millicent have given their wholehearted and support to the annual Swindon Women’s Aid Christmas Appeal.
More than 150 children will be receiving support from the charity at some point over the festive period.
The lodge members have presented the charity with donations of Christmas food and confectionery, children’s toys and games plus toiletries and various other essential items, sufficient to fill a large Transit van.
Des Morgan, communication officer for the Provincial Grand Lodge of Wiltshire, said: “Swindon Women’s Aid will use the ‘goodies’ to help provide a better Christmas for the victims of domestic abuse and violence, especially innocent children who will spend Christmas at the Women’s Refuge.
“This year Swindon Women’s Aid will help 22 mothers and 35 children residing at the refuge plus 49 mothers and 120 children receiving support through the Outreach Service provided by Swindon Women’s Aid.
“The Freemason’s contribution will hopefully provide a little joy and relief to their suffering over the Christmas period and the New Year.”
The charity is a domestic abuse service for residents living in the Swindon area. They provide both specialist emergency refuge for women and children fleeing from violence and abuse and, as well as a community service that provides outreach support to both female and male victims, including those in same sex relationships.
They also have a small specialist children’s team who work with youngsters affected by domestic violence.