Domestic abuse 'warriors' walk miles to support Eastwood charity
A group of women who bonded through their experience of domestic abuse are urging others to join them as they walk to raise cash for an Eastwood charity.
The determined ladies, who name themselves the Wellbeing Warriors, have been walking miles during May to raise awareness of domestic abuse and fundraise for Eastwood-based Broxtowe Women’s Project (BWP).
The women are encouraging other residents to join in, and pledge the miles they walk, run or cycle during May 2021 to ‘Miles for Minutes in May’.
All money raised will help the charity provide many more minutes of support for others in the same boat.
Together the women, along with representatives from BWP, completed five miles on May 1, with many other similar walks planned throughout the month.
Wellbeing Warrior Grace said: “It felt fantastic to finally get our campaign started, and to do it together on a lovely spring day. By doing this fundraiser, we’re all taking positive steps to our own recovery and also supporting other women at the same time.”
The group met while receiving support from BWP, whose outreach service provides a helpline giving expert advice, along with email and text support, counselling and befriending services.
The charity aims to help empower women and build confidence and resilience so they can process and move on from the impact of domestic abuse.
Wellbeing Warrior Sarah said: “We know first-hand how incredible their support is, and as survivors we want to give something back and enable them to provide help to other women in our area.”
People are being encouraged to sign up and join them by getting active this May.
A donation of £15 could help provide a woman affected by domestic abuse with an hour of telephone support from BWP.
Justine from BWP said: “Being part of the fundraiser is so special. What these women are doing to help others, and to raise money for BWP, is very humbling.
"We hope to see many people across the borough join in by dedicating their active miles to our campaign during May, raising awareness of violence against women and girls and the support available to them.”
To find out more and pledge your support, visit www.broxtowewomensproject.org.uk.