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October saw us host our first ever bingo night, what has took us so long? Fun was had by all! We raised a ‘top of the shop’ amount of £1314!

We had six rounds: booze round, foodie round, choccy round, pamper round, fun round and a mystery round. We managed to get our hands on some amazing prizes on offer and even had a gift donated by the talented Katherine Kelly one of our honorary patrons.

Thank you to everyone that donated prizes to this event, you helped make our first bingo night one for the books – without your help this event would have not been possible.

Keep your eyes down for our future bingo events!

Merry Christmas all! As you can imagine Christmas is an extremely busy time for all the staff at Pathway, just call us Santa’s elves – rushing around behind the scenes organising gifts and trips for our women and children.

It may come as a surprise to a lot of you, but Christmas is many of the staff’s favourite time to be at Pathway. We are overwhelmed yearly by the generosity and kindness of strangers, and we work round the clock helping to make positive memories for the people we support.

This year we have been so overwhelmed by the kindness of others, you have no idea what this means to the women and children we support – and although they might not be able to thank you to you in person we can say thank you on their behalf.

  • Christmas fundraiser at Debenham’s.
  • Melbourne Café hosting a staff onesie day – comfort is key when serving coffee afterall!
  • 7th Lichfield Rowallen Cubs made delightful Christmas boxes for the children in our refuges.
  • Burntwood Lions provided a magical trip for the children to see Santa.
  • Tracy didn’t get to go wild in the aisles, but Tesco did donate an amazing trolley full of Christmas goodies.
  • Chadsmead Primary and St Chad’s both held a non-uniform day that raised £310.16 – thanks kids!
  • Staff gave up our weekends off to fundraise at the Lichfield Food Festival with our famous tombola Tracy.
  • The inspiring ladies at Flexercise – Lichfield have donated gifts to Pathway for the past 20 years and have outdone themselves this year.
  • Earlier in the year we took part in the Tesco Book Bank raising an impressive £473.
  • Co-op pharmacy – Boley Park decided to donate gifts to us this year instead of their usual Secret Santa.
  • HD Hair and Beauty – Cannock did a collection among staff and clients for children’s gifts.
  • The Lichfield Ladies Darts Team scored 180 with a donation of fab gifts!
  • 1st business group and th Young ones burton donated carloads of gifts – wow!
  • Tina Clement’s and her clients donated some sweet treats to our staff and refuges to indulfge in over the festive period.
  • St. Stephen’s church Gt.Haywood held their annual festive service, some of the staff snook along for a bit of singing and hot chocolate.
  • Cheslyn Hay High School Sixth formers donated presents for the women again – thanks!
  • Lichfield Social Club and their customers collected gifts on behalf of santa.
  • Brakes also swapped secret santa and decided to give back instead.

Christmas can be a time of fear for women in abusive relationships, but for the women in our refuges we always try to offer a place of warmth and safety, especially over the festive period.
With your help we provide the women and children with memories they can hopefully look back on positively.

Merry Christmas!

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Christmas
Christmas
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Christmas
Christmas

Over the past year or so we have been exploring all sorts of new ways to raise money we haven’t explored before. Back last year April & Wendy had the great idea of hosting our very own charity pop -up shop, and the rest was history!

Between January and February we spent long days and nights sorting, labelling and pricing over 600 items ready to sell at our pop-up shop.

All items were kindly donated by the lovely people in the Staffordshire community and also our very own Pathway Project staff – thank you to all of the kind people that donated some fantastic items.

February saw all hands on deck and the launch of our very first popup shop at The Field Community space in Lichfield centre, after a few slight hiccups the morning of (including the keys being missing from the night before) we were open and ready for business!

We had all sorts on offer from Lulu Guinness hand bags, a gorgeous gold Vivienne Westwood party dress to clothing from high street favourites from Topshop and River Island – we had something for everyone!

We’re proud to say our first ever popup was a tremendous success raising £964 over the course of two days.

Thank you to everyone that attended, we had such a great time, and hope to host another pop up in the not too distant future.

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A Special Award

Pathway Project is proud to announce that Kathy Coe, Chief Executive Officer, has been awarded the Member of the British Empire (MBE) for outstanding service in the community.  This is a, well deserved, honour that has been granted to Kathy who has spent 30 years providing a much-needed service to victims of domestic abuse.

Kathy, who is also a survivor of domestic abuse, founded Pathway Project when she realised that the type of support she required to rebuild her and her children’s lives was not available.  From a small start of a telephone helpline in her bedroom, the service, which is a registered charity, has grown to a dedicated team providing support, emergency refuge accommodation, counselling and drop in service amongst other valuable assistance.

This MBE award is a recognition of Kathy’s selfless sacrifice and the high commitment of her team in turning around the lives of victims who become survivors, many of whom go on to be achievers in their future life. On behalf of staff, trustees, partners and service users I wish to congratulate Kathy on this wonderful award.