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Bedfordshire fundraisers donate £2.5k to help young victims in the county.

Ampthill and District Round Table in Bedfordshire has donated £2,500 to children’s charity Embrace Child Victims of Crime to support youngsters in their county who have been harmed by crime.

The club raised the money on their annual Santa sleigh run around Ampthill, Maulden, Pulloxhill, Flitton and Greenfield, and also some of the proceeds from The Cross Keys Annual Fireworks display at The Cross Keys pub in Pulloxhill, near Bedford.

Paul Meads, landlord of The Cross Keys and former member of the Ampthill and District Round Table said: “One of my customers in the pub told me about the fantastic work Embrace does to support children in Bedfordshire. The Round Table decided it would be a great charity to support.”

Anne Campbell, Chief Executive of Embrace CVoC, said: “We are really grateful to Ampthill and District Round Table for choosing to support Embrace’s work in Bedfordshire. 

“Last year we supported 1,215 children and young people in Bedfordshire. This funding will help us provide more practical and emotional support to children in this area to help them heal their trauma and rebuild a better future.”

In Bedfordshire, Embrace offers domestic abuse and safety support for children aged 5 to 18 years through its KIDVA (children’s independent domestic violence advisor) team. The team specialise in supporting children impacted by domestic abuse, advocating for their safeguarding and ensuring their voice is heard and represented. They have also developed specialist learning resources aimed at helping children manage their emotions and recognise healthy and unhealthy relationships.

Embrace also offers therapeutic support including counselling and play therapy for young victims of crime aged five to 18. The SAFER project also runs in Bedfordshire supporting children and young people up to 18 who have been affected by stalking.

Embrace Child Victims of Crime works with children who have suffered trauma because of crime. They may be grieving the loss of their mum, dad, brother, sister or other family member killed through crime. They might have experienced sexual, physical or emotional abuse, violence or exploitation or have been living in a home torn apart by domestic abuse. These children have had to deal with often unimaginable horrors in their young lives and agencies such as the police, social services or support charities refer them to Embrace to get the help and support they need.

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