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Charity Focus: Why we chose Refuge

While we heart they’re real! until forever-land, we decided to also choose a charity partner for the ‘MASCARATHON’. In true Benefit fashion, we did not follow the others, instead thinking long and hard about choosing a charity that raises awareness for a cause that we really care about, one that resonates with our brand & customers…in the end, Refuge was the perfect match.    

Sandra Horley, CBE and chief executive of Refuge shares,

 “We are delighted to be working with Benefit, and all of their representatives and customers, in the ‘MASCARATHON’ event.

 This event will reach out to women throughout the country who may personally be experiencing domestic violence—or who will know someone experiencing domestic violence. Together, Benefit and Refuge will empower women with essential life changing information to help them keep safe and live a life free from violence and fear. Taking a stand and speaking out against domestic violence to raise awareness of the problem is an important part of Refuge’s work— and we are delighted that Benefit is getting behind the cause and leveraging its support base to reach out to women.

 Every two miles that each of the ‘MASCARATHON’ runners complete will mark the two women a week whose lives are lost because of domestic violence.

By raising awareness and funds for vital domestic violence services, Benefit and Refuge will be able to reach out to many thousands more women who need support. Together we will change and save lives.”

Why Refuge is here:

·         One woman in four experiences domestic violence at some point in her life

·         Two women are killed by a current or former partner every week in England     and Wales

·         On average a woman will be assaulted by her partner or ex partner 35 times before reporting it to the police

·         In 90% of domestic violence incidents in family households, children are in the same or next room

·         Two third of our refuge residents are children under the age of 14

·         Thirty women a day attempt suicide to escape domestic violence

·         The police receive a domestic violence related call every 60 seconds

·         On any given day Refuge’s services support over 1,600 women and children. These life-saving and life-changing services include emergency accommodation for women and children fleeing domestic violence, support for women in the community, independent advocacy which provides expert guidance for women going through the legal system and need help to stay safe as well as specialists services for children.

·         Around 320 women get turned away from refuges on a daily basis because there isn’t enough bed space available.

 The UK’s three largest women’s charities—including Refuge—have a combined annual income of £17m. In contrast, the Donkey Sanctuary received £20m in 2006.” Hard Knock Life report, published by New Philantrophy Capital, April 2008. 

Thank you taking part in this exciting Mascarathon. Please raise as much as you can for our life saving services. Click here to register! If you want any fundraising or running tips or want to find out how else you can support Refuge please contact Refuge on fundraising@refuge.org.uk.  

If you are experiencing domestic violence—or know someone who is—visit www.refuge.org.uk to start receiving information and support.

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