Make it Better Appeal raises £9,381 so far

Ruth Owen (fundraising co-ordinator), Fran O'Boyle (services officer), Laura Dillon (volunteer co-ordinator) and Christine Corrigan (volunter) are pictured with TV personality Alexandra Forde at the launch of the Womens Aid Make it Better appeal. INAT21-451AC
Ruth Owen (fundraising co-ordinator), Fran O'Boyle (services officer), Laura Dillon (volunteer co-ordinator) and Christine Corrigan (volunter) are pictured with TV personality Alexandra Forde at the launch of the Womens Aid Make it Better appeal. INAT21-451AC
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Women’s Aid in Larne, Carrick and Newtownabbey has recognised the the contributions of local organisations and individuals who took part in fundraising for the Make It Better Appeal a few weeks ago and raised the fabulous sum of more than £9,000.

The charity is dedicated to providing refuge, support, information and training to women and children who are suffering abuse within the home.

The Make It Better Appeal, which ran from May 20-26, raised funds to provide services to local children and young people whose education has been affected by domestic violence.

It is recognised that constant change, disruption and violence in a young person’s life can make school a real challenge and diminish their ability to engage.

Young people can be the hidden victims of domestic violence and are significantly at risk of school drop-out, exclusion and risk-taking behaviours.

Ruth Owen, fundraising co-ordinator with Women’s Aid Antrim, Ballymena, Carrick, Larne and Newtownabbey (ABCLN) paid tribute to all those who made the appeal such a success so far.

“We can now reveal we have raised an astonishing £9,381.25 and we will continue to fundraise for the Make it Better Appeal all year.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who got invovled and showed their support,” she said.

Local actress Alexandra Ford, also known as Dympna from the BBC comedy show Give my Head Peace, ahas shown her support as patron for the Make It Better Appeal.

She said: “I am delighted to support the Make It Better Appeal which will build upon the great work that has already been done to support local children and young people living with domestic violence,” she said.

If anyone would like to help fundraise for the Make It Better Appeal to help children living with domestic violenc e, a free fundraising pack is available by contacting Ruth on 07850 003 280 or by emailing her at ruth.owen@womensaidabcln.org

Every penny raised for the charity helps support women and children who are living in the Antrim, Ballymena, Carrick, Larne and Newtownabbey districts.

For more information about the work of Women’s Aid please visit www.womens-aid.org.uk

Anyone living locally who is experiencing domestic violence is welcome to access support by calling the 24-hour domestic violence helpline on 0800 917 1414.