Doncaster Women's Aid launch fundraising campaign in battle against closure

A women's centre in South Yorkshire says it needs to raise £90,000 to stay open beyond the end of the month. Credit: ITV News

A women's centre in South Yorkshire says it needs to raise £90,000 to stay open beyond the end of the month.

Doncaster Women's Aid has helped thousands of domestic abuse survivors over the past forty years, but will close at the end of the month unless extra funding can be found in time.

Emma (not her real name) spoke of how the centre had helped her through a nervous breakdown after years of domestic abuse. Now in her 40s, she credits the Women's Aid charity in Doncaster with saving her life.

The centre lost out on a local authority contract in 2013. Since then it has been relying on Lottery Funding, but that has now run out.

Doncaster Council says that funding for domestic abuse services in the town has more than doubled since 2010/11 from £458,930 more than a £1 million.

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