Sidmouth mum’s shoebox appeal for women’s refuge

Charly Rhodes. Refshs 09-16TI 1876. Picture: Terry Ife

Charly Rhodes. Refshs 09-16TI 1876. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

A Sidmouth volunteer is appealing for donations so young mums in a refuge and their children have something to look forward to this Christmas.

Mother-of-two Charly Rhodes, 34, offered to help out after learning that some of the women at Exeter’s Grapevine centre have ‘absolutely nothing’. She is calling on residents to donate shoeboxes of gifts and other essentials, plus Christmas decorations and food to bring some festive cheer. “There are two girls in there with no family whatsoever,” she said. “They have no tree or decorations at the refuge. I also want to help put together a Christmas meal. I want them to know Christmas is here.”

The refuge helps women facing issues such as domestic abuse and mental health problems. There are currently 10 women there with three girls and four boys between them. The children are aged between four weeks and two years old.

Charly’s two-year-old son Brendon will deliver the presents dressed as an elf.

Gifts can be new or nearly new. Charly hopes to get something for each of the mums and age-appropriate presents for the babies. Donations of wet wipes, nappies and baby food are also always needed by the refuge.


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Call Charly on 01395 513536.

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