The Mothers’ Union from St Saviours Church in Bamber Bridge has donated lots of cleaning products to a women’s refuge in Lancashire.

Members of the Mothers Union have been collecting these supplies for the families from Clare House, South Ribble’s Women’s Refuge so that when they move out they can start their new lives afresh.

Clare House provides emergency and on-going accommodation and support to women who are fleeing domestic violence. Women and their children often arrive at the refuge with few or no belongings so donations like these are really well received.

Set up in 2000 as part of Progress Housing Group, Clare House has provided a safe haven to over 700 women and their children. The refuge staff have supported a further 400 women through its community resettlement service.  With high-profile storylines like the one of Rob and Helen in The Archers, these facilities continue to provide a vital life-line for people fleeing domestic violence.

Liz Stanton, Manager of Clare House, said: “On behalf of the staff, women and children I would like to say a big thank you to the Mothers Union for their kind donations. We rely heavily on the generosity of the local community and businesses to supply the refuge with essentials and these supplies will be put to great use when our families are able to move on.”

Stephanie Macdonald from the Mothers’ Union said; “We are delighted to be able to help this wonderful project and to be able to support Claire House in its excellent work.”

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse you can call the 24 hour South Ribble domestic abuse helpline for free, confidential advice on 01772 435865.