A Bury St Edmunds charity has launched a campaign to raise funds for the development of new services for victims of domestic abuse.
Bury’s Women’s Aid Centre wants to open a new town centre premises so that it can run all of its community-based services away from the residential refuge it provides for women and children.
Judith Grandi, trustee and fund-raiser, said: “We have reached tipping point. We worked with 485 clients last year and 80 per cent of those were non-residents.
“The footfall at the refuge is just getting too much and we’re at the point where we can’t expand our services until we have a suitable premises.”
Its newly-launched Purple Tea Party Campaign, which it hopes to establish as an annual event, calls on social groups and individuals to hold tea parties and other fund-raisers in support of the hidden victims of domestic abuse within their communities.
The Bury Bicycle Collective, a cycling group for women living in and around Bury, kickstarted the campaign earlier this month with a bike ride from Nowton Park to Thurston where they hosted a tea party at Tickety Boo in Great Green, raising £600.
To request a fund-raising pack call 01284 753085.