A local charity supporting women and children affected by domestic abuse has received a festive boost thanks to the TU.

The TU has supported Bolton based charity Fortalice since August 2016. They offer temporary accommodation for up to 22 women and their children along with other services to support their health and wellbeing.

Fortalice’s chief executive Gill Smallwood and finance director Christine Maxwell-Hodkinson visited the TU’s office in Manchester to pick up hampers, Christmas present donations and money raised by the team. Over £600 was raised for Fortalice towards the hampers and gifts. It will also help provide a pool table for the social area at the refuge.

Gill Smallwood said, “You will never know the difference the support of organisations like the TU makes to the women and children assisted by Fortalice. The pool table in our social area will be a permanent marker for all that the TU has done for us, providing an opportunity for the women and children to socialise together, an outlet that is needed in the, often distressing, situations they are in. Having presents to open on Christmas morning will also make a huge difference.”

Leila Williams, chief executive of the TU, added, “Fortalice was chosen as our charity because it has a mission that we really want to support. Being a local charity was also very important to us, as was being a charity where the money raised went directly to those in need. It has been a privilege for us to be able to support women and children in direct need of help and support through our social activities – we enjoyed making and eating lots of cakes in our bake sales. I would like to personally thank the TU charity group for all their efforts and thank the members of Fortalice for creating this safe haven for people in times of trouble. It is a truly incredible job that they undertake each day.”