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01 March, 2017

Nationwide raises over £2000 for Welsh Women’s Aid

Nationwide Wales and the Border branches have raised £2514 for Welsh Women’s Aid during their Welsh Women’s Aid week in January 2017, which coincided with Welsh Women’s Aid’s awareness raising event on St Dwynwen’s Day[1]

Eleri Butler, CEO of Welsh Women’s Aid, says:

“We would like to say a huge thank you to staff at Nationwide’s Wales and the Borders branches, whose fantastic fundraising efforts led to a wonderful £2,014 donation for Welsh Women’s Aid.

Violence against women is experienced by one in three women in Wales[2], and unlike other violent crime, levels of violence against women are sadly increasing[3]. Highlighting the extent of continued issues of violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence across Wales is a key part of what we do. This vital awareness raising work is so important in getting the message out that violence against women – or indeed anyone – should not be tolerated, and that support is available.

Nationwide Wales and Borders’ generous support of Welsh Women’s Aid not only raised money to support the work that we do, but it also ensured that more individuals in communities across Wales are aware of our work, and how to access to the 24 hour Live Fear Free Helpline should they, or someone they know, need help.”

Claire Hanney, Nationwide Regional Manager for Wales and the Borders, says:

“Nationwide Building Society, Wales and Borders Area, were delighted to support Welsh Women’s Aid in January raising funds and awareness within our branches for a wonderful charity who are working to end domestic abuse and all forms of violence against women. 

Our teams came together baking cakes, sponsored cycle rides, holding raffles and engaging with our Members whose generosity helped raise a fantastic £2014.

At Nationwide we care about the communities we work and live within. As a mutual organisation, doing what’s right by our Members goes to the heart of what it means to be a Building Society.”

Anyone affected by domestic abuse, sexual violence or any other form of violence against women in Wales can contact the Live Fear Free Helpline on 0808 80 10 800 for 24-hour confidential information and support, and help to access local services. The Helpline now also operates a web chat provision between 9am – 9pm every day and more information can be found here: http://livefearfree.gov.wales/how-to-get-help

[1] http://www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk/why-this-welsh-love-story-is-being-used-to-remember-the-strength-of-women-survivors-of-abuse/story-30063913-detail/story.html

[2] Office for National Statistics (2015), citing The Crime Survey for England and Wales 2013/14

[3] http://www.research.lancs.ac.uk/portal/en/publications/the-decline-in-the-rate-of-domestic-violence-has-stopped(810443df-48b1-459fbc1e-cdf04d085e0c).html