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Registration is now open for those wanting to join an unusual charity event aimed at helping victims of domestic abuse.

The Ferry Project at Wisbech are organising a sponsored walk with men wearing women's shoes and women wearing suits and ties, to raise awareness of the domestic abuse...Ready for off:..Back row from left: Keith Smith, Christine Munday, Emma Webb, Sherry Rozee, Robert Bache...Front Row LtoR, Richard Bell, Hazel Howell, David Parr.. (6373472)
The Ferry Project at Wisbech are organising a sponsored walk with men wearing women's shoes and women wearing suits and ties, to raise awareness of the domestic abuse...Ready for off:..Back row from left: Keith Smith, Christine Munday, Emma Webb, Sherry Rozee, Robert Bache...Front Row LtoR, Richard Bell, Hazel Howell, David Parr.. (6373472)

Wisbech-based Ferry Project, which helps homeless and vulnerable people has turned its attentions to a new challenge, and wants to make a stand against domestic violence in Fenland.

As a result it is organising the 'Walk a Mile in Their Shoes' the event on April 6 is a charity walk where men will wear women's high heeled shoes and women will dress in suits and a tie, with flat shoes.

Hazel Howell, the charity’s fundraising officer, said the aim is to raise awareness while at the same time raise money for an emergency fund to help those fleeing violence in their homes.

She said: “Nationally two women a week are killed as a result of domestic abuse. We want to change this and make a clear statement across Fenland that domestic violence is wrong.

“We want individuals, organisations and schools to make a stand against domestic violence in Fenland.

“We’re not just asking for money, we’re asking for participation in an awareness campaign and sponsored walk that could change the lives of those facing what seems like an impossible situation.

“We are aware that men can be victims of abuse too, which is why we have called it ‘Walk A Mile In Their Shoes’, rather than in her shoes, which is what it is called in America where the idea comes from.”

The Ferry Project has been able to buy larger sized women’s shoes to loan out to men taking part, thanks to sponsorship.

And staff at the project including director Keith Smith have been breaking the shoes in ready for the big day.

Hazel said: "“This is a light-hearted way of addressing a very serious issue. We want to raise awareness of the fact, domestic violence, regardless of gender, is unacceptable.

“It is happening every day here in Fenland and it needs to stop. People who make the difficult and brave decision to flee often leave with nothing and have nowhere to go.

“We want to be able to offer those people help. With an emergency fund we can provide them with money to find somewhere to stay and to buy essentials. We want the walk to be a big event and we hope that people will get behind it and support us.

"We have a goal of £10,000 and are hoping to have 100 participants raising £100 each."

Registration is now open online through: www.ferryproject.org.uk. There is a £10 registration fee to cover admin costs and shoe hire.

For further details or to help sponsor the event contact: hazel.howell@luminus.org.uk



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