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Funding cuts will put abuse victims at risk

CUTS in funding have left a borough charity – which helps the victims of domestic abuse - fighting for survival.

CUTS in funding have left a borough charity – which helps the victims of domestic abuse - fighting for survival.

A few weeks ago, we reported that The Make a Better Life (MABL) trust had lost part of its funding from Solihull Council.

Now the charity has teamed up with a local company, and launched an appeal for children’s toys and games.

Donations will be given as Christmas presents to youngsters who have been forced to leave their home because of domestic violence.

Margaret Lloyd, MABL’s project manager, said: “It’s often the children who suffer the most in the cases we deal with.

“Many of them are forced to leave their home straight away because of the violence, and they’ve only got the stuff they’re standing in.

“When they’re starting from scratch, it’s nice to be able to give them presents at Christmas.”

MABL has said that it’s imperative that its front-line services continue – it’s the only organisation of their kind in Solihull.

The Chelmsley Wood-based charity would also welcome household goods like fridges and cookers, for women who are starting again.

“With the larger items we would need to check them first, to make sure they’re in good condition,” said Margaret.

People are asking to bring toys and games to Arden Self Storage, near Eastcote, before December 15.

Owner, Robert Cookes, said that the Friday Lane firm was keen to help the charity out.

“We know about the good work they do helping local people – they’re unique,” he said.

If you’d like to know more about MABL, or have a larger donation, call Margaret on 0121 788 4244.

 

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