Generous-spirited people have got behind a gift appeal in Shrewsbury to help women and children spending Christmas in a refuge.
The Midcounties Co-op Travel branch, cooptravel.co.uk, in the town centre has asked colleagues, customers, local businesses and the general public to donate new toiletries, toys and clothing for the appeal.
Around 50 gifts have already been donated at the branch in Pride Hill and the collection continues until 12 December.
Organiser Kate Walmsley, Senior Travel Advisor, said: “The gifts will be wrapped and presented to our charity partner Women’s Aid who will distribute them to refuges in the region. We would like to thank everyone who has given so far; we have been touched by their support.
“I’m sure it will lift the spirit of the families who receive the gifts this Christmas to know that the community at large is thinking of them.”
The Midcounties Co-op Travel, a locally owned and independent business, is part of community retailer The Midcounties Co-operative. Midcounties is supporting charity partner Women’s Aid, the key national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children.
Its businesses have been raising funds and awareness to support the charity’s work nationally and eleven local services that operate within its trading areas, including refuges at Shropshire, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Wyre Forest, Warwickshire, Wycombe, Oxfordshire, The Forest of Dean and Gloucestershire.
Colleagues are also giving their time to volunteering projects and getting involved in campaign work for Women’s Aid.