CHARITY bosses have arranged an auction in Uttoxeter to help fund their vital work in helping victims of domestic violence.
Global Lifeline is holding the auction at the Pentecostal church in High Street on Thursday, March 20, at 7pm.
The charity, which was established in 2006, established a refuge house in an undisclosed location in the Uttoxeter area in 2010.
Victims are helped to rebuild their confidence, get back on their feet, find work and eventually move into new homes.
And charity chiefs are appealing for more gifts for their auction to ensure they raise plenty of cash to fund their valuable work.
Chairman and trustee Richard Bullock said: “We have focussed our attention in recent years to supporting the needy and, specifically. to offering a service to women who are victims of domestic violence.
“This is an area of great need that does not receive much public attention. Many of these women are at great risk.
“Some of the injuries they experience are horrific and, often, the comen come to us from life-threatening situations.
“Sometimes they have small children and babies who need to be protected.”
Already, more than 50 East Staffordshire families have been helped by the refuge, whose location cannot be revealed for ‘safety and security reasons’.
Mr Bullock said: “Our refuge provides a safe and loving environment, teaches victims new skills and helps them get back on their feet.
“We help ease them back into society and, when the time is right, we assist them in finding a new home and support them while they’re settling in.”
Mr Bullock is hoping the upcoming auction will allow his charity to help many more families escape domestic violence.
He said: “We’re approaching businesses and asking for assistance.
“We’ve already had donated a week’s holiday is Spain and a weekend in Llandudno to offer as lots in the auction.
“We are asking if readers and businesses could possibly donate a gift to be auctioned on the day.
“As a guideline, we’d like to achieve an average £50 value but, of course, we will be grateful for any gift donated.”
Any businesses or individuals that want to donate a gift or get more information about the auction are asked to telephone Mr Bullock on 01889 567390 or 07748 105705.
More information on Global Lifeline is available online at www.uttoxeterpentecostalchurch.co.uk/#!globallifeline/caho.