Charity in cash crisis
Friday 7th March 2014 @ 14:45 by Lisa B

High Peak Women’s Aid is turning to chocolate to help solve a cash crisis.

The Glossop-based charity – which also helps male domestic abuse victims – will lose £50,000 grant funding at the end of the month.tameradio logo

Services manager Pam Whittle wants to make sure the cash cuts won’t affect a service that sees workers going out into the community. Now she’s appealing to local people to keep on raising funds – and Pam has hit on a novel way of doing it.

“We are asking people to fill empty Smarties cartons with 20p pieces which will add up to £12, or 40 one pound coins,” she said.

Part of the money has paid for the charity to go into the more rural parts of the High Peak to find more victims of domestic abuse.

“We don’t want to scale the programme back  because it has been such a success,” Pam said.

“The outreach service is for people living at home with domestic abuse.

“We have gone into the rural areas, women’s institutes, doctors’ surgeries and church halls. It has led to more and more victims being referred to us.

“We have a grant from Derbyshire County Council and every month hundreds of pounds come in from people raising money for us. We are very grateful, but we are always short of money.”

High Peak Women’s Aid is reaching the end of its first year of its Harmony Project which offers hostel accommodation for women aged 16-24, suffering domestic abuse, and their children.

It also pays for a worker to go into the community helping girls  as young as 13 who are being abused.

Pam is asking anyone interested in raising money to call (01457) 856675, or visit

by David Jones