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Victims of domestic abuse give thanks after 300 children receive donations

PUBLISHED: 09:34 22 January 2016 | UPDATED: 15:44 25 January 2016

Bexley Women's Aid thanks for almost 300 presents donated by shoppers at The Broadway, Bexleyheath, pictured are Jan Bedden from Women's Aid and Christine Barton from The Broadway with some of the thank you cards received. Picture by: www.matthewwalkerphotography.com

Bexley Women's Aid thanks for almost 300 presents donated by shoppers at The Broadway, Bexleyheath, pictured are Jan Bedden from Women's Aid and Christine Barton from The Broadway with some of the thank you cards received. Picture by: www.matthewwalkerphotography.com

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Donations came from shoppers in Bexleyheath

Victims of domestic violence have thanked a donation drive run by Women’s Aid and the Broadway Shopping Centre.

Nearly 300 children received Christmas gifts, after shoppers handed in donations at the centre’s Giving Tree over the festive period.

One mum wrote into the local support charity: “This year has been the first time in nine years I cried with tears of happiness rather than sadness.

“Me and my six year old boy had the best Christmas ever. This was thanks to your kindness.”

“We can not thank you enough for the charity’s overwhelming kindness without which Christmas would not have been possible, not only for us but for everyone here.

“We are extremely grateful from the bottom of our hearts. I have regained my faith in the help of complete strangers. Christmas was not a dark place this year.”

As part of the Giving Tree initiative, shoppers are asked to leave an unwrapped gift along with a tag stating the gender and age of the child they’re donating to.

Director of Bexley Women’s Aid, Clair Johnson, said: “The Giving Tree project is a great comfort to the families who use our services.

“It means such a lot to them, knowing that there are so many generous people out there.

“We have been overwhelmed by the support that we have received, not only by people’s generosity but also to the care and thought they put into buying presents the children will enjoy.”

Manager at the shopping centre Peter Sedge said: “We have supported Bexley Women’s Aid with the giving tree for a number of years now, and these letters of thanks just show how much the gifts mean to the families who received them.”

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