IF YOU shopped in Stratford’s FatFace store on ‘Black Friday’ you were helping to raise money for local charity Safeline.

The store, in Wood Street, was part of the national FatFace ‘Thanks for Giving’ campaign, which saw the retailer committed to donating over £100,000 of profits raised from sales online or in store between 21-28 November rather than discounting on Black Friday.

In Stratford, Thanks for Giving was fundraising for Safeline, which supports the victims of sexual abuse and rape.

Safeline was nominated by Stratford Town Trust – with the Trust agreeing to match-fund the amount raised, up to the value of £1,000.

Claire Bowry, Grants Manager for Stratford Town Trust, said: “FatFace came to the Trust offering support via their Thanks for Giving campaign. We suggested a selection of local charities in need of funding and FatFace Stratford-upon-Avon chose Safeline as its nominated charity; the Trust has agreed to match-fund to double the support they receive from FatFace.

“Safeline’s work is invaluable, supporting more than 25,000 victims of sexual abuse and rape over the past 20 years. It’s a charity we are very proud to support.”

Paula Jones, Development Manager for Safeline, said: “It’s absolutely fantastic that FatFace and Stratford Town Trust are supporting Safeline. Sexual abuse and rape are still seen as taboo subjects, not easily talked about, and yet thousands of people just in Stratford-upon-Avon are affected. Through Thanks for Giving we’ll be able to help more people in the local area, through specialised counselling and emotional and practical support with reporting the abuse.  Anyone who needs our help can get in touch – just see our website www.safeline.org.uk for contact details.”