A woman from St Albans has helped to organise a project which has donated more than 50 quilts to St Albans and Hertsmere Women’s Refuge (SAHWR).
Caroline Ellis and her friend Ginny Edwards, who lives in Bushey, have helped coordinate the production of quilts to help those seeking refuge, which were put on display at St Albans Cathedral on December 13.
The project, made possible by Mead Quilters, Kimpton Stitchers and Bricket Wood WI, was a huge success in 2020, with Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor receiving the quilts on behalf of the charity.
Ginny and Caroline said they were overwhelmed by the generosity of local community groups in helping to make the quilts.
They said: “It’s so important that these women and their children know that the community around them supports them. We especially like to be able to give the children their own quilts with cartoon characters or animals on them.
“They have often had to leave their homes with nothing and to be able to own something of their own, which they can take with them when they leave the safe houses is very important.”
The Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, said: “I am honoured to be able to accept the quilts on behalf of SAHWR. The work they do is vital to protecting some of the most vulnerable people in our community at incredibly challenging times.
“Unfortunately, we have seen a rise in domestic abuse cases during the pandemic. I am committed to doing everything I can to ensure that Watford is a safe environment for everyone who lives, works and visits our town.”
If you are suffering from domestic abuse then contact SAHWR on 03301 025 811 For donations to support domestic abuse victims, please visit their website www.sahwr.org.uk
Picture credit Alex Edwards