Domestic abuse refuge gets makeover thanks to £10,000 donation

Southern Domestic Abuse Service staff Marie Peggs, Sue Harrower and Sarah Edwards in the refurbished refuge
Southern Domestic Abuse Service staff Marie Peggs, Sue Harrower and Sarah Edwards in the refurbished refuge
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A Havant-based charity that runs refuge accommodation for women and children escaping from domestic abuse has refurbished one of its refuges thanks to a £10,000 donation from Yorkshire Building Society.

The work has been carried out after Southern Domestic Abuse Service (SDAS) was voted as a winner in a £150,000 cash giveaway that was set up by the society to leave a lasting legacy in local communities.

The SDAS project was one of 15 chosen by the public during the society’s 150th year to receive a £10,000 cash boost.

It has used the £10,000 to refurbish a refuge it runs in the Havant borough for women and their children who have had to flee their home.

The money has ensured the refuge is welcoming and home-like and that residents feel cared for and valued.

Claire Chatwin, the chief executive for Southern Domestic Abuse Service, said: ‘We were thrilled that our project was chosen to be funded as part of the Yorkshire Building Society Lasting Legacy Fund.

‘We have been able to use the funds to buy new items such as beds, sofas, dining tables, dressers and wardrobes.

‘The refurbished areas help us create a welcoming environment for women and children who are experiencing domestic violence.’

Yorkshire Building Society’s corporate responsibility manager Pauline Giroux, said: ‘We were proud to commemorate our milestone anniversary by helping charities make a positive difference in their communities.

‘We were especially delighted to be able to support the Southern Domestic Abuse Service project and it is great to see the project come to fruition.

‘To be chosen from more than 600 charity projects shows that this is a project that has really resonated with the public and has delivered a tangible benefit to their service users.’

It provides inclusive services to all victims and survivors of domestic abuse in south-east Hampshire.

For more information about the service, visit