Toiletry treats tears of joy for trafficked victims saved by City Hearts
Sheffield anti-trafficking charity City Hearts are appealing for toiletries and bedding for the men and women in their care- and sending a huge thank you to local Amway business Ashton Associates for supporting their new campaign.
Jill Ashton and the members of the Sheffield ‘Business for Breakfast’ ladies lunch network group she leads, support City Hearts as their nominated charity. Over the past couple of years, dozens of local businesswomen have given time volunteering, money and goods such as pyjamas, underwear and bedding the women so badly need when they can finally break away from their captors. When the call came from women’s house manager Kirsty Allen for some basic toiletries to welcome the women to their new home, Jill and her other Amway business owners donated four full baskets of Amway and other toiletries.
Jill said, “I heard many of these women had been kept in the most appalling conditions, sleeping on mattresses on the floor without even a cover- and some have not seen the light of day during years of abuse, let alone received any toiletries. My Amway colleagues were delighted to help me make up some lovely hampers of goodies to welcome them to their safe place. Kirsty tells me the women were so touched by the care they were shown for the first time in so many years, they cried with joy.”
Jen Baker, anti-trafficking manager at City Hearts explains, “The trafficked women and families have typically been victims of sexual slavery or forced labour. Women from all over the UK who have been victims of trafficking and managed to get away from their captors are usually brought to us with only the clothes they stand up in.”
“Our first priority is to give them the dignity of some warm clothes, underwear and other essentials while they are getting all the medical help and psychological support they need to start rebuilding their shattered lives. We are always looking for donations of clothing and single bedding and Star readers were so generous last Christmas during the harsh cold spell, when we appealed for coats and single bedding. We were inundated and our ladies were so grateful people showed care in such a practical way. We provide accommodation for men too, and when the six weeks we are funded to work with these vulnerable victims runs out, they move on with the clothing and bedding we have given them. This means the need for more, especially toiletries, is always there. All we would ask is that the toiletries are new and the bedding is the good condition you would use yourself.”
Currently City Hearts is located across the north of the UK, providing accommodation and support to men, women and families caught up in the travesty of trafficking. As part of the government provision, the charity has six weeks to provide a rescued victim with immediate support, medical care, counselling and assistance toward a new future. Their trained team of case workers are there to provide a high level of care and expertise, gained from many years working in this field.
Nationally, the charity is recognized as being at the forefront of the fight against trafficking.
Gifts can be given at http://www.city-hearts.co.uk/donate/.
Find further information on Anti-Trafficking on their website at www.cityhearts.co.uk
Read some victims’ stories at http://www.cityhearts.co.uk/anti-trafficking/what-is-human-trafficking/real-life-stories/idores-story/.
Donations of toiletries and bedding can be made to The Megacentre on Bernard Road just off Park Square Roundabout 0114 2132063
Director City Hearts women’s house manager Kirsty Allen with Jill Ashton of Ashton Associates.
News release on behalf of City Hearts by Faye Smith, Keep your Fork Marketing 07985 038265
Notes to the Editor
City Hearts exists to provide hope to the most vulnerable, with the goal of loving them back to life. And in the Anti-Trafficking work we do, helping victims find a life of freedom is at the heart of all we do. In 2011 we became part of the national support provision helping victims of human trafficking. Currently we offer three locations across the UK for accommodation and support to men, women and families caught up in the travesty of trafficking. As part of the government provision, we have six weeks to provide a rescued victim with immediate support, medical care, counselling and assistance toward a new future. Our trained team of case workers are there to provide a high level of care and expertise, gained from many years working in this field.
We aim to be at the forefront of the fight against trafficking, and in doing so are now looking to provide on-going help for victims once they have gone beyond the six weeks of government provision. Therefore funding donations are most welcome as we pioneer this much needed area.