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Funeral home staff help out at women’s refuge

Staff from a funeral home in Stourport have renovated a children’s play area at a West Mercia Women’s Aid refuge for women affected by domestic abuse.

Five volunteers from the Midcounties Co-operative Funeralcare on Bridge Street cleared the garden and painted the children’s play area at the refuge.

Kelly Payton, a funeral director at the Funeralcare branch, said: “We chose the refuge’s play area because… we are parents and grandparents ourselves. We wanted to give something back to the future generation.”

Regional hostels and helpline manager for West Mercia Women’s Aid Michelle Sealey said: “It’s now a much nicer environment for the children and, as a charity, it was something we couldn’t afford to do.”

Other local businesses provided help by donating bark and edging roll to the play area’s spruce-up effort.

Image: (Clockwise from l-r) volunteers Jane Mani, Kelly Payton, Kevin Preece, Terry Priest and Lauren Carr.

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