An East Lancashire domestic abuse charity will receive a £1,500 donation thanks to the Tesco shoppers of Accrington.

Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Domestic Abuse Team (HARV) is dedicated to ending violence against women and girls.

The charity offers a holistic family approach for parents and children who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse.

To expand this service, the charity applied to Tesco’s Stronger Starts scheme, which awards funds to charities and community organisations that make a positive difference in the lives of children and young people.

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The application was successful, with shoppers voting for HARV with a blue token when they left their local store.

Helen Baron, centre manager for HARV, said: “The aim of this project is to fund family trips and help children reconnect with their safe parent.

"The trips will enable them to participate in a range of indoor and outdoor activities, teaching them how to build positive, healthy attachments again.

“This plays a crucial role in the victim’s social, emotional, and physical development.

“We would like to thank Tesco for making these trips possible, as they really do make a difference to these vulnerable children, who otherwise wouldn’t have this opportunity.”

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Since 1998, HARV has been providing protective services to vulnerable children and families.

With a team of 30 professionals, the organisation delivers diverse services to accommodate the needs of each individual and each family.

Claire De Silva, head of community at Tesco, said: “We’re delighted that we can help local community groups such as HARV which really make a difference in our community.

“Tesco Stronger Starts initiative invites our customers to vote using their blue token for local schemes they feel are important to help our communities thrive, and it’s good to see the impact the funding makes.”