Members of Chester Women’s Aid raised £667.64 on Saturday during their annual street collection for White Ribbon Day. The group, who have been active in Chester since the 1970s raise money for local families experiencing domestic abuse who are unable to access other sources of funding. This year the collection in advance of White Ribbon Day on the 25th was supported by some special guests including the Lord Mayor and Father Christmas as well as the Mountain Harmony Chorus. The total amount raised could help up to 6 families.
Collecting in aid of the charity were members of The Deva Victrix Beard and Mustache club. The social group of bearded Cestrians included Father Christmas and his elves, who posed for photographs around the newly opened Christmas market and on Eastgate street. They were a big hit with families, which resulted in the “Santa Bucket” taking over a third of the total collection.
Mold based choir, Mountain Harmony Chorus, dressed in the same purple livery as the Women’s Aid collectors performed a Capella on Eastgate street, attended and enjoyed by various dignitaries including the Lord Mayor, Cllr Razia Daniels, and Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane. Later in the afternoon Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service arrived show off the engine and support the collection.
Throughout the day the volunteers handed out White Ribbons to donors and passers by to raise awareness of their campaign against domestic abuse in all its forms. For more information about the charity visit their website at http://www.chesterwomensaid.org/