Stepping out for a second year against domestic violence

Thursday, 14th August 2014

The men and women of Tamworth are being invited to swap shoes and walk a mile – all to raise money for a domestic abuse charity.

Last year, around 20 men pulled on a pair of high heels and dressed in women’s clothes to walk a mile around Tamworth town centre. The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event raised more than  £1,000 for the Pathway Project, as well as raising awareness of domestic abuse.

The pathways projectThe event was such a success that it is to be repeated again this year on Saturday October 4 – and this year, as well as men being invited to pull on the stilettos, women are being asked to don brogues and take part in Walk a Mile in His or Her Shoes.

The walk has once again been organised by Tamworth Community Safety Partnership and the Pathway Project. The event will be fun – but it has a very serious message. Its aim is to raise awareness of domestic violence, to encourage more people to report it and to raise as much money as possible for the domestic violence charity, the Pathway Project.

The walk will start in the town centre at 1pm on October 4 and is open to everyone. Dressing up is encouraged but not compulsory.

Entry fee is £5 each. Registration details and sponsorship forms are available from Community Safety Officer Vicki Hewins on vicki-hewins@tamworth.gov.uk

Cllr Stephen Doyle, Cabinet member for Community Development, said: “This walk is a fun way of raising awareness of domestic violence, as well as raising money for a project which does great work to help and support the victims of domestic violence.”

He added: “The Walk a Mile event was a great success last year and we are hoping that even more people will take part this year and raise even more money for Pathway.”

Anyone suffering domestic abuse can contact Pathways on 01543 676800 or go to the website at www.pathway-project.co.uk . Donations to the Pathway Project can also be made online at www.justgiving/com/pathwayproject/donate

The Respect Helpline is a confidential service for perpetrators of domestic abuse, which offers information and support to help perpetrators change their behaviour. It can be contacted on 0808 802 4040.

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