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What another great year we have had for International Women’s Day 2022 #BreaktheBias. We receive so much fantastic support from our members, trustees, matrons, corporate supporters and all the fantastic women out there. Every year is different and every year we are overwhelmed by your kindness.

In this blog, I will look at our supporters and share their stories and videos with you. As part of International Women’s Day we are out there raising awareness, raising funds and showing solidarity to all women. So here is a sample of the things you have been up to in support of WomenCentre:

Our Corporate Supporter Lesley O’Brien FreightLink Europe.
Lesley O’Brien- Owner and Director of transport company Freightlink Europe. Lesley is corporate supporter of WomenCentre. In the haulage industry only 8% of the workforce are women. Only 1% of drivers are women. This International Women’s Day Lesley said “Today I am inspired by the women who work at and who come to the WomenCentre, be brave, together we can make a difference”.
See video Link

Our Matron – Ellie Sax
Happy International Women’s day to all women. This was the message from our Matron, Ellie Sax during her video where she said “No woman deserves to feel unsafe in their own home”, and that she is proud to support WomenCentre.
See full video here.

Our MP – Holly Lynch
Holly said she is the 409th female MP in history – we must all play our part to encourage more women in leadership.
See full video.

Our Fundraisers
Meandering Bear – Thank you to Meandering Bear Halifax for the donation of just over £200 from coffee sales and donations.
Suma Wholefoods – Thanks for the £160 donation collected and for your continued support.
Northern Quarter – Held their annual event for International Women’s Day on Friday 11th March. The evening of music and celebration raised over £100 for our Huddersfield office
Parfitts Cash and Carry – Collected for WomenCentre to buy emergency bags for women, they have managed to create 100 bags for women and raise £500 in addition to promoting WomenCentre and International Women’s Day.
Dark Woods Coffee – Donated 2KG of fresh filter coffee for staff and women at WomenCentre.
University of Huddersfield – The costume department are making and selling anti spiking ‘huddies’ for drinks, profits to WomenCentre for International Women’s Day.

Our donors
Thank you to all those who have left us money and donated as part of the International Women’s Day celebrations, there are far too many to mention. We appreciate your support and it makes a real difference.

Difference made
It is not just the financial benefit that these individuals and organisations make to WomenCentre, it is their reach. Each person talks to other people, shares a story on social media, instantly increases our profile, raises awareness of our cause and increases our support and membership. This is invaluable. The increase in social media support following activities throughout International Women’s Day is as follows. 93 new followers on Instagram. 131 new followers on Facebook, 71 on Twitter. 50 on LinkedIn. The support of local people and businesses is vital to the growth of WomenCentre. We are reaching over 11K people on Twitter and Facebook.

How can you help?
However you want to get involved –whether you would like to be a Corporate Supporter, member, donor, fundraiser, volunteer, trustee/board member, Matron or collaborator, just get in touch.