A local domestic abuse charity working in South and South West Essex, has received a £1000 cheque from local merchant and online ironmongery supplier, Ironmongery Direct.

Working across the South Essex and Thurrock, Changing Pathways provides free and confidential support and services to women subjected to domestic abuse and other forms of inter-personal violence.

The money was raised from a staff raffle at Ironmongery Direct, following its donation of food and gifts at Christmas to the charity. 

Managing director, Marco Verdonkschot, presented a cheque to Natasha Jean-Louis, Operations Manager from the charity, at Ironmongery Direct’s trade counter and head office in Basildon. Marco said: “We are a national supplier, but our heart is very much in Essex so it’s important to us that we help local charities wherever we can. 

“Changing Pathways offers so much to the local community, working tirelessly to protect, save and rebuild the lives of women and children in the area who are sadly suffering, so we are pleased this cheque can help make a difference.”

Natasha Jean-Louis at Changing Pathways, said: “As a charity, we rely on donations and we are very grateful to the staff at Ironmongery Direct for making this happen. This donation will make a huge difference to the vulnerable families we help on their pathways to a life without abuse or fear.”

Domestic abuse impacts women and children of all ages in all communities. Changing Pathways has been providing support to women and their children, affected by domestic abuse for over forty years, providing a range of accessible services including refuge, to help those affected, be safer.