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If you follow Rap Interiors, then you will know that we get involved in plenty of charity work! From helping to raise money for Maidstone care homes to donating presents to homeless people at Christmas, the company loves making a contribution to local and wider communities.

This year, Rap Interiors design director Julie Anderson and a network of senior female business leaders are raising money to help families who suffer from domestic abuse. Their goal is to raise £20,000 by 20th December – just in time for Christmas 2021.

The other women behind this fantastic initiative are Jan (from Rift), Lyndsey (Gallaghers ), Julie (Rap Interiors ), Mei-Ling (Brachers), Anita (Family Business Place, Claire [Spatial Dimensions], Josephine (Kent Community Foundation), Dina [CAF Bank ), Sally [Baldwins Travel ), Emma (Global).

Who Julie and Co are Working with

The ladies will be liaising with four charities that help victims of domestic abuse. These include the following:

Rising Sun

Based in Kent, the Rising Sun Domestic Violence and Abuse Service is a charity addressing domestic violence and providing services for adults, children and families. The charity has helped countless women and children over the years and celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2019.

Oasis Refuge Support

Oasis provides domestic abuse services in East Kent, Medway and North Kent. Since opening the refuge in 1994, it has supported thousands of people with a recovery-focused approach. Its vision is to see a world free from abusive relationships.

Dogs Trust

Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, caring for 15,000 dogs each year through a network of rehoming centres in the UK. The network will be raising money for the Dogs Trust’s Freedom Project, which is a fostering service for people fleeing domestic abuse and going into refuge. The service has been running for 16 years and has helped over 1,500 people.

NSPCC Medway

The NSPCC is the UK’s leading children’s charity. It provides therapeutic services to help children move on from abuse, as well as supporting parents and families in caring from their children. It helps professionals make the best decisions for children and young people and supports communities to help prevents abuse from happening in the first place.

What the Donations Will Be Used for

Julie and co have teamed up with Kent Community Foundation to ensure the donations will be distributed accordingly. To get an idea of how the money can be used, please read of the following:

  • £15 could pay for a set of pyjamas and underwear for a child who has fled violence.
  • £20 can buy a set of plates, bowls and cutlery for a young mum moving in/out of sheltered accommodation.
  • £30 could provide an hour of counselling for a child or mother to help deal with their trauma.
  • £40 will pay for the costs of fostering a dog for a month.
  • £50 can buy arts and crafts needed for one of our children’s recovery programmes or a kitchen starter kit for a family resettling from refuge.
  • £100 can fund a fun day out for children and young people who have lived with domestic abuse or a pre-loved bed and new mattress for a client resettling.
  • £150 could pay for 10 hours of counselling to help someone recover from the trauma they’ve experienced.

How You Can Help

If this campaign has struck a chord with you, then we would really appreciate if you could make a contribution. Here’s how you can help:

Donating Money

If you would like to make a donation to Kent Community Foundation, visit their website here:

Donating Items

Alternatively, if you would like to drop off gifts and useful items, you can do so via the following drop off points:

  • Rap Interiors, 6 Orchard Industrial Estate, Maidstone, ME15 9YE
  • Gallagher Construction, Leitrim House Aylesford, ME20 7NS
  • Spatial Dimensions, Unit 17, Wealden Place, Sevenoaks, TN13 3QQ
  • Rift Group, The Cobolt Building, Biz Place, 1600 Lower Pemberton, Ashford, TN25 4HX

A Thank You Message From the Rising Sun Domestic Abuse Charity in Kent

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Care4Christmas Challenge: Fill a Handbag!

This year, we’re inviting charity donors to fill a handbag with essentials and treats for victims of domestic abuse. These include the following:

  • Toiletries (wipes, sanitary products, toothbrushes and paste, deodorant etc.)
  • Underwear
  • Sweets and chocolates
  • Stationery
  • And anything else you think will be useful!

If you are up for the challenge, please bring your handbag to any of the above addresses! Thank you in advance.

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Facts About Domestic Abuse

Sadly, the statistics on domestic abuse make for difficult reading, but with our help we hope to make a difference. Here are a few facts, which suggest that domestic abuse has been exacerbated by the pandemic:

  • Over the last 18 months, there has been a reported 50% rise in domestic abuse in Kent alone. During that time, charities supported over 1,000 families across Kent and Medway, with 1874 children associated with those adults.
  • There are currently over 200 children in Kent waiting for mentoring for psychological help relating to domestic abuse.
  • Two women a week are being killed through domestic abuse.
  • Families are often too scared to leave without the family dog because the abuser will threaten to harm the pet if they leave

Join Our Mission Today!

Thank you very much for taking the time to read this blog. Julie, the Rap Interiors team and everyone involved are dedicated to making a real difference to the lives of those suffer at the hands of domestic abuse. We would be truly grateful if you could contribute too and be part of this fantastic campaign.

Once again, if you would like to donate to Kent Community Foundation, click here.