Refuge and Women's Aid protect the lives of thousands of women and children every day.
Give and Makeup is a non-profit initiative whose sole purpose is to get everyday essentials into the hands of these women and children who need them the most.
Give and Makeup was borne out of an idea for a blog post.
I was going to write a post about essentials...that led to an idea about what your absolute necessities would be...that led to an idea about 'what if you had NOTHING'...and that led me to this page on the Refuge website.
My eyes locked on to 'Medicines and Toiletries' and I thought of the amount of product I had sitting in my cupboard and felt ashamed.
Give and Makeup was started in 2010 and is now running on a much smaller basis (but with bigger goals) and with more of an 'outreach' aim.
If you would like to make donations directly to your local shelters you can find more information from Women's Aid here: How to donate.
If you would like to raise money for Refuge by selling items on EBay you can do that officially here: Raising money via Refuge and EBay.
Wales are still accepting donations via the brilliant Escentual.com:
Give and MakeUp c/o
63-67 Wellfield Road
The North of England are covered by the equally supportive and brilliant Beauty Bay - please post your donations to:
Give and Makeup c/o
PO Box 518
(Please: do not ask either Escentual or Beauty Bay to accept your postal charges. They are doing this for us on a completely voluntary basis and should not incur costs to do so. Perhaps consider donating locally if you cannot afford to post items.)
Each week two women in the United Kingdom are murdered by a partner or ex-partner.
One woman in four experiences domestic violence in their lifetime.
The average woman experiences domestic violence 35 times before she calls the police.
Thank you for your support.