Posted on Tuesday, July 31 2012 at 7am
It’s sometimes difficult to imagine the people you’re trying to help through a charity campaign, but by knitting for our Refuge 'Bears and Squares' campaign, you’ll be helping real families.
When these women and children arrive at one of Refuge shelter, they are often faced with rebuilding lives damaged by domestic violence, and a knitted blanket (such as the one above by Elizabeth Jarvis) or teddy bear for a child can help make this often frightening time a little bit easier.
We spoke to the recipient of one of the blankets supplied as part of last year’s Comfort Blanket' campaign, and were really moved by her heartfelt words.
“I fled my home in the middle of the night – I took the one emergency bag I had packed some time ago and that was it,” says the 42-year-old Refuge resident who chose not to be named. “I travelled a long way to find safety and felt very nervous about moving away from my hometown. I was also nervous about going to a refuge – but it’s been such a relief to finally feel safe and find support.”
She adds: “When I walked into my room I was very grateful for the toiletries and supplies that the Refuge team had provided – but I was particularly drawn to the knitted blanket I saw on the chair. It was bright and beautiful and looked like a symbol of hope.
“When I heard that it had been knitted as part of a campaign I was deeply touched – it made me feel a little less alone. It made me feel as though people out there cared. I’ve only been in the refuge for a few days – but I’m already feeling a sense of hope that my life can change and I’ll be better off than I was. Thank you to whoever knitted that blanket – I’m enormously grateful.”
Please show your support for this campaign – we want to raise £10,000 for Refuge as well as providing every child staying at the charity’s ‘safe houses’ with their own teddy or blanket to keep. So get knitting, and send a hug to someone who really needs one!
If you or someone you know needs support please visit www.refuge.org.uk for more information. Refuge and Women’s Aid run a UK-wide, 24-hour free helpline for women affected by domestic violence on 0808 2000 247.