02:10PM, Friday 15 January 2021
Zero waste pop-up shop Filling Good has raised over £900 for a charity which supports people suffering from domestic abuse.
The shop in the Nicholsons Centre opened back in November and decided that it would give a percentage of its profits to The Dash Charity from opening until the end of the 2020.
Since then, the volunteer-run shop has raised £924.
All donations are vital to Dash, which cannot hold its usual community events at the current time.
The charity is battling through lockdown by making as many of its services available online as possible but this is ‘not ideal’.
For example, its ‘Healthy Relationships’ workshop for young people would usually take place in schools, which are now closed.
“Unfortunately the Borough isn’t able to give us as much money as we need to run the service,” said Alison Bourne, CEO of Dash.
“We rely on donations and quite often when we get money, the donators say what they want the money spent on.
“The donation from Filling Good is unrestricted, which means we can spend it on whatever we need – on
things like school books and uniforms for children in refuges. That is gold dust to us,” Alison said.
The money will also help fund the call-ins, which cost the charity about £13 a call.
“That £13 can save a life,” said Alison. “It’s a misunderstood epidemic – we have had a massive increase in clients, particularly in children who have experienced or witnessed domestic abuse.”
Dash would ordinarily expect to be supporting around 75 children a year, but this year expects that figure to be more than 100.
One of the three directors of Filling Good, Sophie Ibison, said: “We’re very keen to support charitable organisations, especially local charities, and decided that the first one we wanted to donate to would be The Dash Charity.
“We’re well aware of the increase in domestic violence due to COVID restrictions and lockdowns, and felt that it would be a good time to help the lives of women, children and men suffering.”
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