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Double your donation to help Make a House a Home for survivors of domestic abuse. Your £5 will become £10. Your £50 will become £100.

Between Midday on November 29th and Midday on December 2nd 2016 your donation will be matched by The Pilgrim Trust when you give to Solace Women’s Aid through The Big Give

Click here to donate to Solace with The Big Give

Making a House a Home

When women and children flee domestic abuse to Solace Women’s Aid refuges, they often leave with nothing except the clothes on their backs, feeling traumatised and afraid. Our project Making a House a Home focuses on solving the isolation and fear that survivors of domestic and sexual abuse feel when they enter our refuges, and the effect it has on their families. Solace will be refurbishing our refuges and providing essentials packs of food and toiletries to help create a more welcoming environment.  We will also provide a Family Support Worker to help women and children with emotional and practical support to help them on their journey towards recovery.

Your donation could help a family like Lucy & Max’s

Lucy suffered many years of horrific abuse from her husband, and she was very worried about the effect on her small son Max, aged 7.

Last Christmas the violence became even worse and she and Max desperately needed to leave their home – but Lucy was afraid they would be left destitute, with nowhere to stay. Then a friend told her about Solace Women’s Aid, and we provided them with somewhere safe to stay, which meant they could escape.

To make sure Max was safe he changed schools and they both lost contact with friends and the life they knew. They felt isolated and afraid, and Max felt confused after years of seeing his dad hurt his mum. Along with a room of their own, Solace also provided them with essential items, such as basic food, clothing and kitchen equipment, to help them find their feet. Most of all we made sure they were safe and warm, and gave them emotional support to help them recover and rebuild their lives. We even helped Max to make new friends.

We are delighted that Lucy and Max have now settled into their own home and are living independently, free from abuse. Max is doing well in his new school, and Lucy is now working and both are feeling positive about the future at long last. With your support, Solace can be there for more children like Max this Christmas.

And between Midday on November 29th and Midday on December 2nd 2016 making a donation will go even further as it is double through The Big Give Christmas Challenge. Find our more and donate here

*Max and Lucy’s story is true but their names and image have been changed to protect them.