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Our Magnificent London Marathon Runners!

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A huge thank you to Melissa and John who ran the Virgin London Marathon on

Sunday raising valuable funds for Solace  - every penny is needed to answer the

daily calls from women in London needing support to escape violence.  I hope you

are as proud of yourselves as we are! – it’s a monumental achievement and we are

eternally grateful for your support.  Thank you from all the women and children

we help.  You can still donate at  :

http://www.justgiving.com/Melissa-Friedberg

http://www.justgiving.com/John-Hitchin1

Help them smash through their targets – Help them to change lives in London.

 

 

 

 

 

Hunter and the Bear supported us – Now it’s Eric!

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Hunter and the Bear who gave their time and talents last year to our Rock Against Violence Gig in Islington will be supporting the one and only Eric Clapton this summer.. We’re glad you like them Eric – we agree with you that they’re amazing live – all the best HATB with your exciting career! We’re big fans………

Melissa’s ready for the big day! Let’s cheer her on…..

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She shares her initials with Mo Farrah – so we know she’ll make it in round the full 26 miles in great time.  Join us in wishing the incredible Melissa Friedberg luck and energy on Sunday for the Virgin London Marathon and to our other Solace runner, John Hitchin.  Thank you to both of you for your amazing efforts ….

Click below to help her reach her target and help us to save lives!

http://www.justgiving.com/Melissa-Friedberg

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are you doing for Women’s Day – March 8th ?

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International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th so spare a thought for the millions of women around the world who inspire us every day – mothers, sisters, friends, survivors, workers, bosses, artists, activists and inventors! Give a donation or become a regular donor by clicking below or donate to support our AMAZING MARATHON RUNNER MELISSA!  www.justgiving.com/Melissa-Friedberg

Enjoy the day and celebrate with us – Do something special for the women in your life!

Melissa’s Marathon – In training for the big event!

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Our heroine Melissa is training hard for the London Marathon on April 13th – Click read more below and donate to help her reach her £3,000 target and help her through those gruelling 26 miles!  We’re with you in spirit Melissa and eternally grateful for your fantastic fundraising efforts!  A marathon sized thank you to everyone who’s supporting her.

Please donate now at www.justgiving.com/Melissa-Friedberg

 

Donors boost Summer Scheme in Barnet

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After a local campaign £375 has been raised in Barnet from local businesses and their employees for the borough’s Summer Scheme. The Summer Scheme offers activities and trips over the summer holidays for mothers and children living in refuges, which are fun and valuable opportunities to relax and unwind. We could not run these schemes without donations so would like to say a big thank you to the donors!

 

Jeremy Leaf and Co for donating £100.

White Rose Motors for donating £50.

Smart Autos, Whetstone for donating £50.

West End Carpet Co Ltd for donating £50.

Comnet Associates Ltd for donating £100

And a lovely £25 personal donation from an anonymous employee!

 

Thank you all for your support!

Feeling inspired to #GiveSolace? Donate now online!

Sponsor Gwen’s Marathon Run

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Gwen William’s, Chair of our Board of Trustees, is running the London Marathon for Solace.

On Sunday 21st April, Gwen will be running the 26.2 miles London Marathon for Solace Women’s Aid!

Gwen and her border collie shep

Gwen with her faithful trainer Shep

 

Donations can be made through Just Giving: http://www.justgiving.com/Gwen-williams1

 

Gwen has set an ambitious target of £10,000 to help the women and children affected by domestic and sexual abuse. In 2010 Gwen raised £8,000 and we are confident that with your support she will surpass her own expectations.

 

If you can, please circulate this to your friends and colleagues and help us spread a virtual cheer!

 

Wgirls Pamper Day

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“It made me feel good and beautiful. Thank you!”

On Saturday 16th March Solace Women’s Aid and Wgirls held a pamper day for the women and children accessing Solace Women’s Aid services. The pamper day was a huge success with over 50 women and children attending throughout the day. Volunteers provided treatments to over 40 women throughout the day including neck and shoulder massage, Indian head massage, manicures and facials. We would like to extend a huge thank you to the Wgirls for their fundraising to put on the pamper day and for running a fantastic event on the day with a really positive atmosphere.

 

Here are a few comments left by women that attended the day:

 

‘It was a good time and staff really good. People in the refuge tell us about it and we come here. I hope the best wishes for everyone.’

 

‘What a fantastic group of women! Wonderful atmosphere. Thank you very much! Lovely to see kids smiling and get to know new people! I feel incredibly inspired and happy. I had a great day! Thanks everyone! Thanks to Delia who gave me an amazing head massage, I feel reborn!’

 

‘This few hours spend with other women (and children) getting pretty is fabulous! Pretty much like saying here is me, I am broken, take care of me for a few hours. It made me feel good and beautiful. Thank you!’

 

A massive thank you to the Wgirls! You can find out more about Wgirls from their website: http://wgirls.org.uk/

 

 

Seek Solace

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Seek Solace for International Women’s Day 2013 – a week of Inspiration, Aspiration and Creativity!

Starting Monday 4th March, including International Women’s Day on Friday 8th March and Mother’s Day on Sunday 10th March.

 

‘Seek Solace’ is starting with a week of events on the theme of inspiration, aspiration and creativity. There will be a variety of events for our women as well as informal workshops and discussion groups at our different sites across London.

 

There’ll be more updates throughout this week and following events here on the blog and on Twitter with the #SeekSolace tag.

 

We are delighted to have support from corporate friends;
Stella & Dot: from 20th February to 10th March Stella & Dot will donate a piece of jewelry to Solace Women’s Aid for every Geneve Lace piece purchased.

 

Designwarm’s Tech City IWD: On March 8th celebrating International Women’s Day, Designswarm are hosting a free evening event showcasing women working in design, creativity and tech around Tech City in East London. They’ll be raising funds for Solace on the night.

 

InerDiva: Fashion design, for the closet and home, will be supporting Solace through proceeds from their next fashion show in April.

 

If you’d like to support our work please contact Kim Bond at our central office on 020 7619 1353 or kbond@solacewomensaid.org. You can also donate directly online.

Solace challenges the Metro newspaper

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Following a series of articles in the Metro which gloss over domestic violence, Anat Toffell, Advocacy Worker for Solace wrote to the paper to challenge their editorial stance. Below is her letter:

“Dear Editor

I am writing to complain about the coverage of domestic violence news stories in today’s (4 September 2012) London Metro.

Reading the paper this morning, I saw that you had covered three stories of domestic homicides without at any point in any of the articles using the terms “domestic abuse” / “domestic violence” / “domestic homicide”.

By failing to name the behaviours you are reporting on, you are failing not only to provide a balanced analysis of the situations, but also failing hundreds of thousands of women and children who are at risk from domestic abuse and potentially from homicide themselves. We know that an average of 2 women are murdered in domestic homicides every week in England and Wales, yet your coverage of such events does nothing to raise awareness of this disturbing statistic.

Furthermore, I would also like to add that not only does your coverage do nothing to aid the plight of domestic abuse victims, but at times you actually collude with the perpetrators of these horrific crimes in the way in which you write about them.

I draw your attention to the language you use in the article entitled “Husband admits killing cheating wife despite winning a retrial”. You describe a man who bludgeoned a woman about the head with a wooden block, then strangled her with a rope as “heartbroken”, whilst the woman who lost her life to this man is described as a “cheating wife”.

The moral discourse you are applying to this tragic and preventable death is shocking. Similarly, in the article “Graham Anderson may have killed two sons out of fear, say neighbours” we get a barrage of comments about what a lovely man this was, and a wonderful father. Whilst I understand that you are quoting what his neighbours have said to the newspapers, the article does nothing to question this view nor does it question the fact that he chose to murder his children. The article would have benefited from investigation into and accurate reporting of the actual circumstances of the relationship between the parents and the children.

In both these stories there is no context given concerning the experience of the wife or mother who, typically in these cases would be depressed, frightened, at risk of harm and an unheard voice. It is extremely rare that acts of violence in domestic situations are isolated.

I would ask that you encourage the journalists writing for the Metro to spend some time doing some research and increasing their knowledge about domestic and sexual violence. You have a responsibility to communicate information in a responsible and accurate manner, not to write sensational stories with one-sided, ill informed discourses that are damaging and unhelpful and collude with severe acts of violence.

Yours sincerely

Anat Toffell

Solace Women’s Aid”

 

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