Children at a North Staffordshire domestic violence refuge are to benefit thanks to the energetic efforts of hair salon staff.
Stoke-based charity Arch has been given £3,378 from John Belfield International Hair Salon, Newcastle, to cover the cost of its children’s activities fund at the Elizabeth House refuge.
The fund helps disadvantaged and socially excluded children who are escaping domestic violence by putting on activities to build their confidence and self-esteem and aims to prepare them for a new life free from abuse.
Salon boss John Belfield and his team raised the money by climbing Snowdon and swimming across Coniston Water as part of the company’s community fundraising commitments.
Ray Elks, Arch Corporate & Community Partnership Manager, said: “It is fantastic that we have been given this money. We are very grateful to the John Belfield team for their outstanding efforts. It is great to see the smiles on the children’s faces when they too can enjoy things that most children take for granted.’
John Belfield added: “We chose to support Arch because of the Elizabeth Trust, which is close to our salon here in Newcastle. We have supported Elizabeth House for many years, starting with giving them some of the boxes of chocolates and biscuits we all get given over Christmas. Collectively we have raised over £7,378 pounds for Arch and Merryfields School, Newcastle.’
For media enquiries about this story contact Ray Elks on 07990 588639.
Notes to Editors: Arch North Staffs is part of the Staffordshire Housing Group. Arch provides accommodation and support to people in need, including survivors of domestic violence, people in housing need and young people leaving care.