Charity thanks Norwich for £4,500 Lord Mayor’s Procession boost

Lord Mayor's Celebration 2013 parade.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY Lord Mayor's Celebration 2013 parade. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Dan Grimmer dan.grimmer@archant.co.uk
Thursday, July 11, 2013
6:30 AM

A charity which helps victims of domestic abuse has thanked the people of Norwich for handing it a £4,500 boost at the Lord Mayor’s Celebration.

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Specialist domestic abuse charity Leeway is this year’s civic charity.

And dozens of volunteers collected donations for it from the crowds at the Lord Mayor’s Procession in Norwich on Saturday.

Mandy Proctor, chief executive for Leeway, said: “We wish to thank all those who contributed to Leeway at the Lord Mayor’s Procession, in particular to our volunteers and to the thousands of people who donated on Saturday.

“The staggering amount raised so far will help provide specialist support for people suffering domestic abuse in Norfolk.”

Leeway supports more than 8,000 adults, children and young people every year across Norfolk and Suffolk who have experienced, or are experiencing, domestic abuse.

It has been operating in Norfolk since 1974 and in Suffolk since 2009. There are now three refuges in Norfolk, with women and children living in secure flats with bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms.

Other services include a telephone helpline, male victim support and services for children and young people.

Keith Driver, Lord Mayor of Norwich, said: “I am delighted that people dug deep to support this important Norwich-based charity.

“Everyone’s contributions - including all the volunteers who collected donations during the procession - are greatly appreciated. I’m proud that such a wonderful city event has benefitted local people in need.”

If you would like to donate to the Leeway write to ‘The Norwich Civic Charity Appeal’, Civic Office, Norwich City Council, City Hall, Norwich, NR2 1NH or call 01603 212081.

The charity is also looking for food donations for its refuges. Anyone who can help should call 07775 334958.

Leeway’s domestic violence helpline is on 0845 2412171 and further information about Leeway is at www.leewaysupport.org

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