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Dunelm deliver Christmas Joy to domestic abuse refuge

Dunelm Christmas Gifts

Furniture and homeware giant, Dunelm, have worked with GSA colleagues to provide Christmas presents for the children of domestic abuse survivors.

As part of their national campaign, ‘Delivering Joy at Christmas’, Dunelm have provided gifts for children who are currently residing at Fern Brooke. Located in Birmingham, Fern Brooke is one of our schemes which provides temporary accommodation for women and children who are escaping domestic abuse.

The presents donated by Dunelm include:

  • Board games
  • Clothes
  • Cuddly toys
  • Chocolate selection boxes
  • Fancy dress
  • Toy cars
  • Footballs

Our Children and Families Support Worker, Fatima Bi said “We are delighted that Dunelm are supporting us for the fourth year in a row.  The link between Dunelm and Fern Brooke was established in the run-up to Christmas 2019 thanks to an introduction by a Headteacher at a local school.

“The gifts we receive from Dunelm are distributed to children at Fern Brooke and those staying at our Poplar House Refuge in Walsall and the Nissa Ashram scheme in Birmingham. Some presents are also given to families who previously stayed at Fern Brooke but are now living in the wider community. We also share any surplus we have with other local partners who are seeking presents for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“I would like to highlight all the work that Vicky Cameron, who works for Dunelm, does behind the scenes to coordinate the distribution of the presents.

“It is wonderful to see the happiness which these gifts bring to women and children that have been through so much and serves as a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas.”

Fern Brooke was purpose built in 2010 to accommodate larger families and contains 63 beds in total. The scheme encompasses one, two and three bed self-contained flats which can accommodate up to 47 children and 16 adult women aged between 18 and 66.

Find out more about the Delivering Joy at Christmas scheme here.