A SOUTH Tyneside removals firm is helping victims of domestic abuse turn a house into a home.
TVR removals, which is run by Craig Hobson and Robert Storey, have offered their services to support charity Options after it launched a plea for furniture.
The pair pick up and drop off various items donated to the cause, which helps and supports victims of domestic abuse who have had to flee their home with nothing.
Options co-ordinator Julie Robinson said: “For those who have escaped, they have more than likely had to leave in an emergency, so leaving behind major furnishings, white goods and other household necessities. This also can include much-loved family pets and children’s favourite toys.
“A lot of our service users do not have the means of purchasing essential items and clothes, especially in this current financial climate.
“In our experience, failure to obtain financial help with support to move and furnish new homes may be one reason why we see women returning to their violent partners; and fear that they will be unable to obtain such financial help may, we believe, prevent women from leaving their violent partners at all.”
The charity is also being supported by storage company Warburtons and an anonymous donation which is helping to cover costs to store the goods.
Ms Robinson added: “Through the kindness and generosity of the people of South Tyneside we have been able to make a difference to a small number of individuals in the early part of this year. However, we have barely touched the surface in terms of the number of service users who are in need of basic items.”
The charity is still in desperate need of furniture and is appealing to anyone who can help to contact it.
Any surplus furniture is sold to help raise funds for the project to enable the charity to continue to offer help and support to those in need.
Mr Hobson said: “As part of our ongoing commitmen, we are delighted to be playing a key role in this essential initiative.
“Turning a “house” into a “home” is such an important issue for individuals and/or their children, as they take the first steps in rebuilding their lives following an escape from a domestic violence environment.
If you would like to donate furniture/white goods, children’s clothes etc, contact 0792 139 5508