Fishermen help stop domestic abuse

The Bolton News: Members of Tonge Moor Angling show their support for 16 Days of Activism against domestic violence Members of Tonge Moor Angling show their support for 16 Days of Activism against domestic violence

FISHERMEN are helping to stop domestic violence and abuse of women and children by backing a national campaign.

Tonge Moor Angling Supplies organised a fishing match where people taking part wore special T-shirts to raise awareness of the 16 Days of Activism, which runs until December 10.

It was also raising awareness of the White Ribbon campaign, which is for men and pledges “to never commit, condone or remain silent about domestic violence”.

Both campaigns involve events and initiatives all over the country.

The fishermen are also fundraising for Fortalice, Bolton’s own refuge for women and children fleeing domestic violence.

Tonge Moor Angling’s owner and manager, Darren Morris, has also donated £50 towards prizes for a poster campaign raising awareness, which is currently being run through youth clubs across the borough.

A Fortalice spokes-man said: “We want to raise awareness of domestic abuse with young people and give them opportunities to develop an understanding of what constitutes a healthy and unhealthy relationship.

“We are working closely with partner agencies and are grateful for their support, and we also appreciate the support from Darren and the local anglers.”

Tonge Moor Angling is also selling the T-shirts and Fortalice badges through its shop in Tonge Moor Road.

The money raised will be donated to the refuge to buy Christmas gifts for the residents’ children as the families often have few personal belongings when they leave their homes.

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