Local group offers a bit of ‘spit and polish’ to Grampian Womens’ Aid

AN ELLON community group has donated 20 cleaning packs to a charity which supports victims of domestic abuse in the north-east.

Ellon and District Ladies Circle made the donation to Grampian Women’s Aid Charity last week, after becoming involved by a project by sixth year pupils at Ellon Academy.

The ladies decided to take action after learning that accommodation provided to victims of domestic abuse was initially unfurnished. It is expected that the cleaning packs - including everything needed to keep a new home tidy - will make the transition to independent living easier for victims of domestic abuse in the north-east.

Group Chairman Nicki Walton said “On learning more about the work this charity undertakes, we really wanted to offer our support. After speaking to the charity, we learned that women and their children move on from refuge to their own permanent accommodation which they have to refurbish from scratch.

“The Ladies Circle group decided it made sense to put together complete cleaning sets, which women could just pick up and take with them to their new homes.”

Karen Goodrum, a worker with Grampian Women’s Aid, said: “We are very grateful for this contribution – especially given the cost of cleaning products. It’s great we can hand these out as women move on from refuge. Thank you to Ellon Ladies Circle, who have made a real difference to the women and children we support.”