Countesthorpe runner to help domestic abuse victims in Blaby district

A local resident is taking part in the Great North Run in order to help domestic abuse victims in Blaby district.

pfPete Ford, from Countesthorpe, is hoping to raise £500 when he embarks on the half marathon on Sunday September 15.

The money raised will go directly to help victims who live in the district through a service run by Blaby District Council, which helps both adults and children who have suffered or witnessed it.

One in four women and one in six men suffer domestic abuse in their lifetime. It affects one in four households, which in Blaby equates to 9,920 homes.

Councillor Maggie Wright, portfolio holder for Community Services at Blaby District Council, said:

“The domestic abuse team carry out extremely vital and often harrowing work, and we are so pleased that Pete has chosen to support this and raise awareness of this service.

“The money raised could be used to help victims get away from an abusive relationship to a safe place or help them get essentials if they have had to flee quickly and leave their belongings behind.”

Domestic abuse doesn’t just affect adults, with children often witnessing it. A shocking 94% are in the same room or next room when domestic abuse happens.

Runner Pete first took part in the Great North Run last year. He said:

“I used to run quite a bit but due to family commitments I stopped, so training and then taking part in the run last year was extremely challenging. I managed to finish in two hours, 16 minutes, so if I could do the same or slightly quicker this year I’d be more than happy.

“I wanted to support this service due to it helping people locally in my district. You hear stories and see cases on the news, and as a family man it’s a service I feel strongly about. The team do an amazing job and are really passionate in what they do, and anything I can do to raise awareness and funds for this cause is a bonus.”

To sponsor Pete, or to simply donate to the service contact Teresa Neal at tjn@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7785.

Domestic abuse is a pattern of behaviour used to gain and maintain power and control over a partner. Physical, verbal or emotional, social, and sexual all fall under this category.

For more information on domestic abuse, the service provided by Blaby District Council and help available, visit www.blaby.gov.uk/domesticabuse email community.safety@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7637.

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