Helping hand from Bidbury Mead Women’s Institute for abuse victims

MEMBERS of Bidbury Mead WI have marked their centenary by helping the Southern Domestic Abuse Service
MEMBERS of Bidbury Mead WI have marked their centenary by helping the Southern Domestic Abuse Service
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MEMBERS of a Women’s Institute have marked their centenary by helping victims of domestic abuse.

The Bidbury Mead branch of the organisation collected 100 wash bags and filled them with essential toiletries to give to Southern Domestic Abuse Service (SDAS) for people who arrive at refuges with nothing.

It inspired some talented members to use their craft skills to make quilted comfort blankets for children.

Some children’s clothes were also donated.

President Sue Tate said: ‘I am delighted with the generous response to this year’s community project from all our members.

‘In addition to the bags and blankets, we have been able to give more than 100 extra toiletries to SDAS.’

Marie Peggs, children’s and young persons’ refuge worker at SDAS, thanked them for their support.

She said: ‘We are so impressed with all of the lovely items collected for us.

‘Our families will benefit so much from their kindness.’

The first WI meeting in the UK was held on September 16, 1915, in Anglesey.

One hundred years on, much of the ethos of the WI remains the same.

They still meet to learn from speakers, to gain new skills, make new friends and join and support campaigns important to women, their families and communities.