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Family crisis centre receives surprise donation

Created on 09/02/2020 @ 10:53
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A local Assembly Member has surprised a staff and volunteers at Newtown's Montgomeryshire Family Crisis Centre with with a donation of £230.
Joyce Watson, AM for Mid and West Wales, was visiting the centre when she made the presentation.
The Centre’s staff, including General Manager Jane Stephens and Community Liaison Officer Fleur Frantz-Morgans, met her to discuss future campaigning around domestic violence, following the successful White Ribbon event in Machynlleth last November.
At the end of the meeting the project staff were surprised and delighted when Mrs Watson surprised them with a giant cheque for £230.
Mrs Watson had collected donations at two White Ribbon events she arranged at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay and Machynlleth, where people came together to make the White Ribbon pledge to oppose violence against women.
Joyce said: “Montgomeryshire Family Crisis Centre provide a vital service for vulnerable people in mid Wales, at a time when it is most needed.
“I have seen the value of their work and I know the donation will be put to good use.
“Last November we worked together on the first White Ribbon gathering in Machynlleth. It was well-attended, bringing together all parts of the community.
“I am pleased that planning has now begun for this year’s Machynlleth White Ribbon event in November 2020, and we hope it will be even bigger and better.”
Joyce Watson AM introduced White Ribbon campaigning to Wales 17 years ago, and since her election in 2007 she has organised numerous events and recruited male ambassadors to the cause. Since 2012 she has run the Not in my Name campaign with the Wales Federation of Women’s Institutes.
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, White Ribbon Day, starts 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (25 November to 10 December) to spread the message that violence against women is unacceptable.
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