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Jun 24, 2019

Staying Put activist helps raise £1,000 to send bereaved siblings on holiday

Two children whose mum was murdered by her ex-partner are being treated to a holiday with their grandmother thanks to fundraising efforts by Bradford workers.

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Michelle O’Neill, Senior Recovery Worker at the domestic abuse charity Staying Put, ran 10km at the 'It's Grim Up North' event in Oakenshaw last month.

She was joined by Lindsay Bridge, and Helen Khan, from the Domestic Abuse Team at Safer Communities, to raise money for the children.

Michelle said: “These children have been through a terrible ordeal – their mum was killed by her ex-partner over five years ago.

“They’re now looked after by their grandmother, who finds it hard to make ends meet and receives very little financial support to care for them.

“We thought this family really deserved a good holiday this summer and I’m delighted we managed to hit our £1,000 target.

“I’m not a regular runner so this was a big challenge for me but it was worth it to raise money for this family. Thanks so much to everyone who supported and sponsored us – we’re very grateful.”

“Although running is not my forte the experience was a privilege for me. This family has been through unimaginable trauma and a holiday is well deserved.”

Staying Put is a domestic violence/abuse charity based in Bradford, which has been running for 18 years and works across Yorkshire and the Humber. Together with its sister organisation, DVS, based in Keighley, the charity supports women, men and children who are victims/survivors of domestic abuse.

In West Yorkshire, between November 2016 and October 2017 there were 56,421 domestic related incidents reported – an average of 154 a day.

The Staying Put Freephone helpline is open Monday to Friday, 0808 2800999.

The National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline is open 24 hours a day on 0808 2000 247.

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