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Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson joins Labour councillors at SWACA strawberry tea fundraiser

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson and Blundellsands Labour councillors Dan Lewis and Andy Dams at the SWACA strawberry tea with organisers and volunteers.

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson attended Sefton's Women's and Children's Aid's (SWACA) summer strawberry tea event at the weekend where he met key members of the team and heard about the group's work.

Bill, together with Blundellsands Labour councillors Dan Lewis and Andy Dams, attended the event on Saturday at long-time SWACA supporter and trustee Pam Stubbs.

The event raised more than £1,000.

One of the event organisers, Helen Goodman said: "Thanks to Pam and her band of volunteers it was a wonderfully enjoyable afternoon and an example of how important community support is in this time of ever increasing cuts. 

"Local businesses Bibby's, Sainsbury's, Satterthwaites, Spoilt for Choice and the Thai restaurant Ayuthaya added to the success of the event with their generous donations.

"SWACA is a charity which was established by a small group of volunteers 40 years ago, since when it has helped many thousands of families escape domestic violence.

"Everyone was delighted to welcome councillors Andy Dams and Dan Lewis and Bill Esterson MP whose support and interest is greatly appreciated."

SWACA was funded in 1975 to provide support and advice to women, young people and children who are suffering domestic abuse.

Cllr Lewis said it was great support the organisation.

Cllr Lewis said: "It was great to meet so many people from across the borough with a common interest and care for a large part of our community at the SWACA Strawberry Tea in Blundellsands with Cllr Andy Dams and Bill Esterson MP. 

"SWACA do so much great work that often goes unnoticed in this busy day so this event really highlights the importance of these organisations. 

"Thank you so much to all of SWACA, especially Lesley, Helen and Pam who organised a beautiful event with some amazing people for an outstanding organisation."

Bill Esterson said he was delighted to attend the event and meet the team.

Bill said: "The work SWACA does really is absolutely essential for the individuals that they help and support, but also their wider families.

"It was fascinating to hear about that work from the fabulous and dedicated members of the team who told me that they aim to support families to live safely and free from fear from domestic abuse all while remaining in their own homes. 

"Women are encouraged to develop emotional resilience, to identify and manage risk, to understand the impact domestic abuse may have on themselves and their children and the team aim to help women improve their own self-esteem.

"The specialist children's caseworkers aim to help children recover from their experiences of domestic abuse.

"For those that need it, SWACA also runs a residential support service which accommodates up to three families at any one time, providing a safe environment and helping the family deal with the trauma of what they have been through and what they are still going through.

"I would like to thank the team at SWACA for all of the work they do in our community and the many hundreds of families they help each and every year."


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