Thanks to the generosity of the local community and businesses, South Ribble and Chorley Women’s Refuges, Wish Tree Appeal, has been a great success for the 14th year running.

South Ribble and Chorley Women’s Refuges are owned and managed by Progress Housing Group and provide accommodation for up to eleven families at a time who have had to leave their home to escape domestic abuse.

The teams at the refuges work tirelessly each year to ensure that every woman and child who seeks refuge at the centres during the busy festive period receive a Christmas present to help them try and gain an element of normality.

Over the past month, Christmas Wish Trees were placed in the reception of Progress Housing Group’s office in Leyland and Lytham St Annes, South Ribble’s Borough Council’s Civic Centre, Stonehouse Nursery and Runshaw College in Leyland.  Kind hearted members of the public took gift tags from the trees and donated gifts to play Secret Santa to those in need.

“Every year we are amazed at how many people show such a wonderful Christmas spirit with their overwhelming support of our Wish Tree appeal. The donations really do bring so much joy to vulnerable families across South Ribble and Chorley that otherwise wouldn’t have anything to open on Christmas morning. We can’t thank everyone enough for their continued support.” Sarah Bell, Child Support Worker for South Ribble and Chorley Women’s Refuges

The gifts received by South Ribble and Chorley Women’s Refuges are also sent to resettlement services, as well as to residents of The Bridge and Parker House in Chorley, two purpose built housing schemes for homeless people aged 16-25.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse you can call the 24 hour South Ribble and Chorley domestic abuse helpline for free, confidential advice on 01772 435865 lines will be open throughout the festive period.