Can you help Key's South Ribble and Chorley women's refuges by buying a gift this Christmas?
Christmas at Key's South Ribble and Chorley women's refuges is not always the happy time it should be but you can help spread some festive cheer.

At this time of year, our South Ribble and Chorley Women's Refuges start to ask local people for help in supporting vulnerable families in their communities by taking part in its Christmas Wish Tree Appeal.

Many families staying at the refuges have had to flee their homes due to domestic abuse and have left behind all of their possessions, including Christmas presents.

The idea of the Wish Tree is simple, visit one of the wish trees and select a tag. Each tag gives a 'wish'; for example, a toy car for a young child or a box of chocolates for a mum. Once you have bought the gift please return it unwrapped with the tag to where a Wish Tree is located.

You can find this year's Christmas Wish Trees at our Sumner House office on King Street in Leyland and at South Ribble Borough Council's Civic Centre on West Paddock in Leyland. We also have Wish Trees at local colleges and nurseries who support the appeal.

Gifts will be collected at 12 noon on Tuesday 14 December in time to be distributed before Christmas.

If you, or someone you know, is a victim of domestic abuse or violence and requires emergency safe accommodation and specialist support, you can call the 24-hour South Ribble and Chorley domestic abuse helpline for free, confidential advice seven days a week on 01772 435865.

A text line is available between 10 am and 4 pm, Monday to Friday on 07790971237. A live chat is also available at as an alternative way to ask for help should someone not be able to call or feel that it's not safe to call the 24/7 helpline.


We are once again supporting the White Ribbon Day and 16 Days of Action campaigns to take action against domestic violence and abuse. You can read more about the campaigns and our support for them here.