Chester Women’s Aid raised £1324 at their White Ribbon Day event last week. White Ribbon Day is an international event committed to bringing an end to male violence against women and girls, raising awareness of domestic abuse and highlighting the support that is available As in previous years Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service were on hand to raise a 25 metre tall white ribbon on Eastgate street, and the fundraising event was brought to life by performances by A Handbag of Harmonies, Pop Vox Choir, Proud Marys, Fallen Angels Dance Group and Karamba Samba. A moving display from Soroptimist Chester highlighted the number of lives lost due to domestic violence.
Speaking at the event Lord Mayor of Chester John Leather commented that : “Shocking estimates of incidents of domestic abuse amount to about one person in 20. 2.4 million people. Thereare many types of abuse, not just physical .There’s lots of help available, via the Women’s Aid website, or Government and council websites. Please do seek help. One of the reason’s Women’s Aid raises money is to help people who have no control over their finances due to coercive control.” Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner John Dwyer also in attendance, said that “Domestic violence is a problem across the country as a whole, and we are tackling it in a positive way. The important thing is that we can address this important issue. Not all victims are female, some of them are male, but most ae female and most of the perpetrators are male. I supprt fully what you are doing today and its important we all address this together.”
Lord Mayor John Leather
Chair of Chester Women’s Aid Angela Benson commented: “What a fantastic event for White Ribbon Day 2022 we had this year! It felt like the whole city came together to collaborate on this event, and we were joined by our friends Soroptimists in Chester and CSASS, and supported by so many others. We thank each and every person, organisation, and charity who supported on Sunday. It’s so gratifying to see awareness of domestic abuse on everyone’s agenda and a public commitment to ending. We also thank the public for their incredible generosity – we know times are tough, but they still gave money to help people find safety and peace.”
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