The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has raised over £10,000 in a year to support the work of Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid (BSWA), their nominated Charity of the Year 2015-16.
This fantastic amount comes from a huge range of fundraising undertaken by the SRA team including biking across France, climbing the Brecon Beacons, running marathons and baking cakes.
‘The SRA Fund’ has been used to support local women and children including:
Funding holiday playschemes for children affected by domestic violence living in refuge enabling them to just be children again, play and have fun.
Supporting family’s first nights in refuge as women and their children often arrive at refuge with nothing, and have no means to support themselves financially having suffered financial abuse.
Paying for emergency mobile phones so that a woman can contact the Police, family or friend in an emergency, enabling her to make the vital call for help without further jeopardising their safety as perpetrators are known to control the use of and track women’s mobile phones.
Maureen Connolly, Chief Executive of Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid said,
“We are very grateful to the SRA for their time, support and energy The support of the whole staff team at SRA has made a huge difference in the lives of local women and children affected by domestic and sexual violence.”
Diane Reading from SRA’s Charity Committee said:
“Last year BSWA helped over 6,700 women and children affected by domestic and sexual violence. There is more demand than ever placed on charities to help women and children, and support them to make their own decisions. We are really pleased to be helping BSWA and are committed to raising as much money as possible.”