Northampton-based Avon donates almost 400 Easter eggs to women and children escaping domestic violence living in refuges

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Nearly 400 chocolate eggs collected by Northampton-based Avon Cosmetics were distributed by charity partner Refuge, national domestic violence charity, to women and children living in refuges over Easter.

Domestic abuse affects one in four women in the UK; on any given day Refuge supports more than 3,000 women and children across its services, this Easter will be no different. Avon Cosmetics is supporting charity partner Refuge by making life a little sweeter for those affected this Easter by collecting the eggs and donating them to refuges across the country.

A spokeswoman for Avon Cosmetics said the company was passionate about supporting the charities that matter the most to women. In the UK, the cosmetics company has donated more than £1.5 million to domestic violence charities and is constantly striving to find new ways of helping women and children suffering from this terrible issue, the spokeswoman said.

The 397 Easter eggs were collected by employees of the Avon Cosmetics headquarters in Northampton and the Customer Service Centre in Corby to show those affected how many people are thinking of them during such a difficult time in their lives.

Andrea Slater, Avon General Manager UK, said: “Here at Avon we truly believe that if you empower women you can change the world. Through our unique woman to woman network of millions of Avon Representatives around the world, we will continue to use our voice to speak out against domestic violence.

“Sometimes it’s the little things that can make a real difference, and I am delighted that so many employees have donated an Easter egg to support our charity partner Refuge.”

As well as donating Easter eggs, Avon Cosmetics has also worked on many awareness raising campaigns including the launch of the 1in4 women website with Refuge, Empowering Women Awards with Women’s Aid and more recently the successful Wall of Silence campaign which saw support from Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and actress Gillian Anderson.

Sandra Horley, CBE, chief executive of Refuge, says: “We are delighted to have the support of Avon and its amazing team of Representatives. Over the years we have been overwhelmed by the fabulous support we have received – vital funds have been raised, essential awareness raising campaigns have been launched and which continue today, and this Easter we will receive this generous egg donations. On any given day Refuge’s services support over 3,000 women and children – we could not run our services without the much-needed support of Avon and other partners. Together we are saving and changing lives.”