May Day miles first of many for charity fundraisers

A group of Nottingham women who came together while receiving support for their experience of domestic abuse completed their first miles together on May 1.

The women from across Broxtowe, who name themselves the Wellbeing Warriors, are encouraging people across the Borough to join in, and pledge the miles they walk, run or cycle this month to ‘Miles for Minutes in May’.  They aim to raise awareness of Domestic Abuse and fundraise so Broxtowe Women’s Project (BWP) can provide many more minutes of support for others like them.

Together the women, along with representatives from BWP completed five miles.

Wellbeing Warrior Grace, said: “It feels fantastic to finally get our campaign started, and being able to do it together on a lovely Spring day. By doing this fundraiser, we’re all taking positive steps to our own recovery, and also supporting other women at the same time.  We know these miles will be the first of many this May, as other people join in.”

The women met while receiving support from BWP and progressed to its Wellbeing Programme.  The BWP Outreach Service provides a helpline giving expert advice along with email and text support, counselling and befriending services and access to the Freedom Programme and Wellbeing programmes. All this aims to empower women and build confidence and resilience to process and move on from the impact of Domestic Abuse.

Wellbeing Warrior Sarah added: “Just £15 provides a woman affected by Domestic Abuse with 1 hour of telephone support from BWP. We know first-hand how incredible their support is, and as survivors we want to give something back and enable them to provide help to other women in our neighbourhoods. By pledging miles, and fundraising, we can help women across Broxtowe access the minutes of help they need.

“It’s as simple as signing up on our Facebook and JustGiving pages and pledging your support while you’re getting active this May.  Just search Miles for Minutes in May!”

 Justine from BWP, said: “Being part of the fundraiser today has been so special. What these women are doing to help others, and to raise money for BWP is very humbling.  We hope to see many people across the Borough join in by dedicating their active miles to our campaign during May; raising awareness of violence against women and girls and the support available to them.”