Tottenham defender Danny Rose has donated £10,000 to two domestic abuse charities helping those impacted by lockdown measures.
Earlier this week, Refuge, the UK’s largest domestic abuse charity, reported a 120 per cent increase in calls to its helpline, which provides confidential advice and aids referrals to alternative accommodation.
Rose, who also anonymously donated £19,000 to North Middlesex University hospital last week, has split his donation between charities SafeLives and Chayn.
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In a video message to raise awareness around the issue, Rose said: “If you’re worried about a neighbour or a friend being abused, if you’re a child worried about your parents, I hope you know that response services will still come out.
“There are still people out there wanting to help.”
Suzanne Jacob, Chief Executive of SafeLives, said: “We are extremely grateful to Danny, not just for his generous donation which will be a real boost at what is a tricky time for all charities, but for his commitment to raising awareness of domestic abuse.
“It’s a tough time for all of us, but particularly for people for whom home is not a safe place. To see a footballer with such a huge profile using his voice to reach out to adult and child victims and survivors of domestic abuse, and to the wider public to ask us all to check on our neighbours and friends is so powerful, and will make many people feel less alone.”
Hera Hussain, founder of Chayn, added: “This is a great example of someone with the resources and profile like Danny using their power to uplift others.
“Domestic abuse can happen to anyone but not everyone has the means to get out of it. It’s important that those who are locked into unsafe homes have safe ways out of them. We have been struggling to accelerate our work with little funding.
“We’re grateful for his support and will be using this to support our Covid-19 efforts of providing text-based trauma support and online help.’
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