Hundreds of donated Christmas presents delivered toÂ children in Sheffield who fled domestic violenceÂ
Hundreds of presents have been donated for children whose parents have fled domestic violence following an appeal by a Sheffield charity.Â
Francine Wright, CEO of the Attercliffe-based charityÂ Rehouse to Rehome, launched the fundraising drive to deliver gifts to all children across South Yorkshire whose parents have fled domestic violence and those whose families are homeless and living in temporary accommodation.Â
Now, thanks to donations from members of the public she has receivedÂ over 500 ChristmasÂ presents which haveÂ been distributed to the children to bring some much-needed festive cheer after they've endured such trauma.Â
She said: 'The response hasÂ been brilliant, the generosity of the general public has been amazing. I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who donated.
'We gave the presents out all last week, it made a lot of children who have been through a lot very happy before Christmas.'
The 38-year-old opened Francine's Community Shop a year and a half ago, and since then has helped over 400 families fleeing domestic violence by providing furniture and household goods they could not otherwise afford.
Now a registered charity under the name Rehouse to Rehome, Francine has seen an influx inÂ calls for help, and as such is asking for donations to continue her work.
'Since becoming a registered charity the number of phone calls I've receivedÂ has been absolutely unbelievable,' she said. 'From people coming out of refuges and going into houses with no beds or furniture.Â
'Nobody wants to see anyone fleeing domestic violence that has been through hell and back, live in a place with a bed and furniture, it's inhumane.
'If people could donate even Â£1 that would make a massive difference.'
The charity has not been backed by any funding, and solely relies on donations from the public to buy furniture and white goods.
Alternatively, visit the shop onÂ 656 Attercliffe Road Sheffield, S9 3RN where you drop off donations.Â Â