Public help charity get £3,000 boost

Public help charity get £3,000 boost

HELPING HAND: From left, Lloyds branch manager Colin Cracknell, refuge chairman Molly Rennie, also inset, customer services manager Helen Welch, area director Jullian Marshall-James, Refuge manager Pauline Collier & customer services assistant Fiona Neale

GRATEFUL: Chairman of the West Dorset Women’s Refuge and local councillor Molly Rennie

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Dorchester reporter

PUBLIC votes have helped the West Dorset Women’s Refuge secure a major donation.

The charity has received £3,000 from Lloyds Bank through its Community Fund, which sees people voting with tokens in branches and online for local causes to receive a share of the cash.

The refuge topped the poll in West Dorset with 37 per cent of the 17,904 votes cast to ensure it received the maximum donation.

It was nominated by customer services assistant at the Lloyds Dorchester branch Fiona Neale after she heard a firsthand account of how vital the refuge can be for women in need.

She said: “I had a customer come in to open her account here and she told me her life story basically and how she found the refuge was very supportive.

“When this came up and they wanted a local charity I automatically thought about the refuge.”

Area director for Lloyds Jullian Marshall-James said this connection with local causes was exactly what the Community Fund scheme was intended for.

He said: “From our perspective it is exactly how we wanted to do it because that is what we want it for.”

Chairman of the West Dorset Women’s Refuge and local councillor Molly Rennie said she was very grateful to Lloyds and all those people who had voted for them.

She said the funds would be used to run programmes that are not provided for by the government or statutory funding.

Coun Rennie said: “I very much welcome this because it has come about by the staff nominating us and the whole of the community voting and supporting us, without that happening we would never have received a cheque of this amount.”

She added that the voting process had also helped raise awareness of the refuge and its work.

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12:33pm Wed 8 Jan 14

David_divenghy2 says...

Hardly the whole of the community, can we see the list of what people was voting for, was any men's refuges on it, if not why not?

The truth is Women's refuge receives millions in government finance, men's refuges get almost nothing, literally nothing.

So given Molly Rennie is quoted as saying the money will be used for those causes not funded by central government, can we take it she will be donating this money to men's refuges who are badly in need for male victims?

Of the £40,000,000 earmarked for domestic violence causes, only £225,000 has been set aside for male victims despite official government figures showing males make up over 40% of victims.

So where is the equality?
Hardly the whole of the community, can we see the list of what people was voting for, was any men's refuges on it, if not why not? The truth is Women's refuge receives millions in government finance, men's refuges get almost nothing, literally nothing. So given Molly Rennie is quoted as saying the money will be used for those causes not funded by central government, can we take it she will be donating this money to men's refuges who are badly in need for male victims? Of the £40,000,000 earmarked for domestic violence causes, only £225,000 has been set aside for male victims despite official government figures showing males make up over 40% of victims. So where is the equality? David_divenghy2
  • Score: 8

4:29pm Wed 8 Jan 14

David_divenghy2 says...

I think the tax payer and gullible need to watch this also. ever wondered where all that £40,000,000 tax money given to women's groups goes while they still have their hands out pleading funding hardship?

http://www.youtube.c

om/watch?v=Kccm4KbQt

rU

Last third of the short interview with the founder of women's refuges is most relevant.
I think the tax payer and gullible need to watch this also. ever wondered where all that £40,000,000 tax money given to women's groups goes while they still have their hands out pleading funding hardship? http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=Kccm4KbQt rU Last third of the short interview with the founder of women's refuges is most relevant. David_divenghy2
  • Score: 6

9:19pm Wed 8 Jan 14

woodsedge says...

Thank god no one is taking the bait although the sudonyms will soon appear.
Thank god no one is taking the bait although the sudonyms will soon appear. woodsedge
  • Score: -7

10:26am Thu 9 Jan 14

David_divenghy2 says...

Sorry I forgot to include source for the facts on that last post:
http://www.mankind.o
rg.uk/pdfs/Male%20Vi
ctims%20Fund%20FOI.p
df

Also some more truth and history from the founder of women's refuges: especially 2:44 onward
http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=eIpShuFUM
0s&list=PLHt1Hh27h4B
ugngrzswMIerLIYhYM3C
jg
Sorry I forgot to include source for the facts on that last post: http://www.mankind.o rg.uk/pdfs/Male%20Vi ctims%20Fund%20FOI.p df Also some more truth and history from the founder of women's refuges: especially 2:44 onward http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=eIpShuFUM 0s&list=PLHt1Hh27h4B ugngrzswMIerLIYhYM3C jg David_divenghy2
  • Score: 4

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