WARRINGTON Women's Aid have teamed up with the Red Box Project and held an event at The Gateway to raise awareness of violence against women.

The charity, which is marking its 40th year in Warrington, took part in the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and supported the red box campaign by collecting sanitary products to help end period poverty in the borough.

This Christmas, Warrington Women's Aid is hoping to make the season special for the families living in the refuge by hosting a big Christmas dinner on December 21 before handing out gifts on Christmas Eve.

Currently there are 13 families in the refuge which can house up to 19 children.

Staff are reliant on generous donations for Christmas presents this year, as often women and children turn up with nothing having fled their family home.

The children would love new craft supplies such as paper, tissue paper, card, modelling clay, glitter, ova glue, poster paints, paint brushes, stickers and felt.

New toys for children under one, toys for children aged nine and older, nappies and baby wipes are also appreciated.

Clients in the refuge would appreciate new pyjamas and underwear in small sizes, six to ten, DVDs and books and arts and crafts items.

Donations can be dropped off at The Gateway in the town centre.

You can also donate to Warrington Women's Aid here and the money will be spent on items for the women and outdoor play equipment for the children.