A Heanor charity has received a cash boost to help victims of domestic abuse

Dena Osborne, head of services at Heanor charity Salcare, left, receives a donation from Anthony Topley, a partner in Gillotts Funeral Directors
Dena Osborne, head of services at Heanor charity Salcare, left, receives a donation from Anthony Topley, a partner in Gillotts Funeral Directors

A Heanor charity which helps vulnerable people and families in need has received a £500 donation towards a project designed to help victims of domestic abuse.

Salcare, which supports people across Amber Valley and Erewash, was given the money this week by staff at Heanor’s Gillotts Funeral Directors, which raised the cash through its annual Christmas appeal last month.

The charity, based in Ray Street, is described as a one-stop-shop, meeting a wide variety of needs for people who are often referred to the charity by organisations such as the police, domestic abuse services or job centres.

It runs a number of services, including a community kitchen, a food bank and a low-cost laundry service, as well as its Freedom Programme, a series of weekly meetings which offer support and information to the victims of domestic abuse.

Gillotts raised the money by donating £1 every time a visitor left a message of remembrance on Christmas trees erected in the receptions of all five of its offices, including its funeral home in Abbott Street.

It raised £2,500 in total, which is has split five ways, benefitting Salcare and four other charities, including a community café in Kimberley, a charity which provides assisted living services to old people in Stapleford and an over-50s social group in Selston.

Anthony Topley, a partner in Gillotts, said: “Our Christmas fundraiser was very successful once again, but there was extra interest this year once visitors heard we’d be supporting Salcare, which is well known in the town.

“Their work in the community is very important, but like many charities it can be a real challenge to raise the money they need, which is why we’re extremely happy to have raised such a large amount of money and pass it on for them to put to good use.”

Dena Osborne, the charity’s head of strategic services, said: “Our Freedom Programme is an extremely important project in Heanor, because it supports victims of domestic abuse and gives them access to our other services too.

“We’re extremely grateful to Gillotts for this wonderful donation, which will help to ensure we can continue our valuable work in such a vital area.”