An event to raise awareness to help those affected by domestic abuse whilst supporting two charities was billed a huge success raising more than £700.

Jenna Louise Atkinson, 34, from Lostock, hosted a Colour Me Safe event at Bolton Stadium Hotel on Thursday, May 11, to raise awareness of domestic abuse and also funds for Endeavour and Backup North West.

On the night there was a range of shopping opportunities from local businesses, Carrs Pasties was served and talks by inspirational speakers, including barrister Anna Warters, Jill Caldwell Chief Executive of Endeavour, Emily and Laura Leyland from Fresh Perspective and Maura Jackson Chief Executive of Backup.

Jenna said: “It feels brilliant to raise the money for local causes that do such amazing work for people in the local community which I always love to support. We have lots of incredible charities in Bolton that support people when they need it.

The Bolton News: Jenna Louise AtkinsonJenna Louise Atkinson (Image: Jenna Louise Atkinson)

“Proceeds from the Colour me Safe event will be going to Endeavour, a charity that helps people going through domestic abuse and their pets and Backup, which is a charity that helps young homeless people 16–25-year-olds.

“I have received many messages following the event saying how powerful the message got across about domestic abuse and that this can take all forms – not just physical it can be emotional, psychological, sexual, financial.

“It can also be against anyone, men, or women and not just necessarily against your partner but can be other people such as relatives.

“We ended the night with stories about empowerment and comedy which was the perfect end to the evening.

“It was amazing to have support of other local businesses who donated prizes and we look forward to doing another event in the future to continue to raise awareness and make an impact.”

Jenna said: “Within my work as a family lawyer I see often the devastating impact domestic abuse can have on families and I wanted to make a difference and raise awareness of domestic abuse which can affect both men and women. 

“It is vital to raise awareness of domestic abuse which is what the event is about and bringing people together.”