Women’s refuge support

A local domestic abuse charity working in south and south west Essex has received a £1,000 cheque from local merchant and online ironmongery supplier Ironmongery Direct.

Working across south Essex and Thurrock, Changing Pathways provides free and confidential support and services to women subjected to domestic abuse and other forms of inter-personal violence.

The money was raised from a staff raffle at Ironmongery Direct following its donation of food and gifts at Christmas to the charity.

Managing director Marco Verdonkschot presented a cheque to Natasha Jean-Louis, operations manager for the charity.

“We are a national supplier, but our heart is very much in Essex so it’s important to us that we help local charities wherever we can,” Marco said. “Changing Pathways offers so much to the local community, working tirelessly to protect, save and rebuild the lives of women and children in the area who are sadly suffering, so we are pleased this cheque can help make a difference.”

Natasha Jean-Louis said: “As a charity, we rely on donations and we are very grateful to the staff at Ironmongery Direct for making this happen. This donation will make a huge difference to the vulnerable families we help on their pathways to a life without abuse or fear.”