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Coronavirus: Domestic abuse charity launches fundraising challenge

Coronavirus: Domestic abuse charity launches fundraising challenge

Published by Lisa Darvill at 6:41am 23rd June 2020.

A North Yorkshire domestic abuse charity has launched a new fundraising initiative to help it make up for losses suffered during the coronavirus crisis. 

  • Throughout July, the teams at Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS) are completing a 300-mile virtual tour of Yorkshire
  • They want people to get involved and join the challenge 
  • Participants can choose the distance and how to cover the distance 
  • The charity says the lockdown has been difficult for many people suffering from domestic abuse and their services are in high demand 

Throughout July, the teams at Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS) are completing a variety of challenges to clock up miles towards their goal of completing a 300-mile virtual tour of Yorkshire. The charity is also calling for the public to support their efforts by joining the tour. 

Participants can choose the distance that they would like to cover and are invited to devise creative ways to cover the distance. The challenge can be undertaken from home, in the garden or as part of regular daily exercise.

The charity says it has already received support from people pledging to skateboard, kayak and roller-skate the miles, whilst others are opting for more traditional modes of travel such as walking or running.

IDAS CEO Sarah Hill said:

"The lockdown has been difficult for many people, for those living with a controlling or abusive partner there will have been little to no respite or relief. As lockdown restrictions lift, our teams are responding to a surge in calls to our helplines and we want to make sure that everyone who contacts us receives the support they need. 

"To do this we need additional funds to meet the demands and we are asking the public to support us by taking part in the tour. We hope that the IDAS Big Yorkshire Tour will bring people together around an important cause and let people know that our support is available to anyone affected by domestic abuse."

To get involved in the tour you can register on the IDAS Big Yorkshire Tour website and set up a fundraising page to collect sponsorship. 

To contact IDAS for support and information visit Idas.org.uk