Handbags donated to local refuge in backpacker’s memory

Nicola Thomson-Dewey and Sally from IDAS.

Barnsley College has donated 25 handbags to an Independent Domestic Abuse Service (IDAS) centre in Barnsley to support a charity campaign set up in memory of Grace Millane who was tragically murdered whilst travelling in New Zealand in 2018, on the eve of her 22nd birthday.

The Love Grace handbag appeal set up by Grace’s family combines her love of handbags with a legacy carried out in her name to end violence towards women.

The bags were filled with luxury items and new, unused toiletries such as toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, deodorant, sanitary products, tissues, moisturiser, lip balm, make-up, hair brushes, facewash or soap.

Heather Brennan, IDAS Project Manager Barnsley Refuge, said: “It’s fantastic that Barnsley College is taking part in the initiative and supporting the campaign. Lots of the women in our care who have been forced to leave home in a rush often arrive having packed for their children but not for themselves. The bags Barnsley College and the community have donated will go a long way towards making a difference. Thank you to everyone involved.”

Nicola Thomson-Dewey, Head of Access to Learning and who is supporting the campaign at Barnsley College, added: “When someone is escaping a violent relationship or finds themselves in a difficult situation, the last thing they may think about is these types of items. These bags will have such a positive impact just by showing that there are people out there who care. This act of kindness can be beneficial to everyone involved. I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone that has donated.”

For further information about the appeal, please contact Nicola Thomson-Dewey by calling: 07778 170 051 or emailing: n.thomson-dewey@barnsley.ac.uk

Last updated: 9th September 2020

Originally posted on: 9th September 2020